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critical literacy
The ability to read texts in an active, reflective manner in order to better understand power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships.

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It's an ad!
How do marketers target kids — and how can we teach kids to know the difference between advertising and fact? These websites provide strategies to build critical thinking skills for media literate kids.
By Melissa Thibault.
Media Literacy
How do you know if something is true? How can you figure out if someone is trying to influence or sell to you? Put yourself in their shoes and consider the source! Check out this selection of websites from our Best of the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
A picture is worth a thousand words
An example of how a single image can provoke discussions at all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. and David Walbert.
Are you prepared to meet the literacy needs of African American male youth?
This webinar explores the role of the educational community in closing the literacy achievement gap; nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their different identities, and reimagine their place in the world; and enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities.
Format: presentation
By Amanda Hitson and Sandra Hughes-Hassell.
Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy
Images are all around us, and the ability to interpret them meaningfully is a vital skill for students to learn.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
Finding hidden messages in advertising
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.3
In this lesson for grade six, students will look for hidden messages in magazine advertisements and will create their own ads with hidden messages.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living
Teaching children about the importance of a healthy diet and plenty of exercise creates a basis for a healthy lifestyle. These lesson plans for grades K-5 provide fun activities to get them started on this path.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Learning about Ezra Jack Keats
Students will learn about Ezra Jack Keats using a variety of resources in the media center.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Brittany Basinger, Jenni Conine, and Vickie Mcmillan.
Mapping HIV infection in Africa
Using statistical information and maps, students will note the correlation between socio-economic factors and the impact of HIV/AIDS in the countries of Africa.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Sell me on Dewey!
Students create short, snappy, written commercials about the main categories in the Dewey Decimal System. Commercials are viewed by the class to reinforce Dewey and help students locate books in the Library Media Center. Dewey Commercials can be used in Library Media Center Orientation for grades 3-5.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Information Skills)
By Sonja Beckham.
Who's Theodor Seuss Geisel?: Meet the real Dr. Seuss
Students will search internet resources, print and multimedia encyclopedias to research information on Dr. Seuss. Students will use a "Biography" template to document information, site resources, and write a simple biography report.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Amy Rhyne, Paulette Keys, and Sarah Carson.
Search for synonyms: A thesaurus lesson
Students will expand their vocabulary and learn the advantages of using a thesaurus. Students will edit and enrich personal writing samples using both print and online thesauri.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Erin Bradfeldt and Joan Milliken.
North Carolina living through photos, then and now
Students will examine historical photographs of North Carolinians at work or in social settings. They will develop and share skills of “reading” photographs. Then they will use these skills to identify “historical clues” in a photo and draw their own version of the same person or people in North Carolina today.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
By Michael Sharp.
1890 Scott's Emulsion
1890 Scott's Emulsion
This is an advertisement for Scott's Emulsion, a weight gain product sold in the late 1800s. It claims that it will cure "all forms of wasting diseases" including consumption, bronchitis, scrofula, coughs and colds. The advertisement was found in the January...
Format: image/photograph
Making a video critique of an information source
After finishing their social issues research paper for their English class (or any other type of research paper), students will write and present orally a critique of one information source used in their research papers. Students will work in pairs to videotape each other, and they must also design appropriate backdrops for their oral presentations. Students will watch and evaluate all critiques.

This interdisciplinary assignment combines information skills and language arts skills, and requires collaboration between the media specialist and the English teacher.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Bonnie Snyder.
Graphically organize a biography
This lesson is a good ending to a unit on biographies. The students will work together in small groups to create a poster that displays the information from a biography in a graphic organizer.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Ellen Benton.
"Mice" in the Media Center
This lesson plan will foster literature appreciation in the Elementary School through sharing a variety of books (fiction and non-fiction) poems, puppets or models, focusing on a mouse or mice as a main character or characters.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Information Skills)
Around the world in multimedia
LEARN NC offers a collection of more than 2,000 high-resolution photographs and audio recordings from Asia and Latin America, with historical and cultural context and related lesson plans.
Format: article/help
Shared reading with Soñar un Crimen
This lesson focuses on basic pronunciation and comprehension skills while reading the first chapter of the mystery Soñar un crimen by Rosana Acquaroni Muñoz. Students will also practice the use of interrogatives. As an end result, students will produce crossword puzzle clues that review key elements of the first chapter.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Rachel Casady.
Current events in Africa
In this lesson for grade seven, students find two news stories about a current event in Africa: one from an American media source and one from an African media source. Students compare the two to gain an understanding of cultural bias and perspective.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Shane Freeman.