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1 Why should we teach Critical Literacy? A Life Lesson

2 I am conflused! Should I get the H1N1 flu shot?

3 My health is important to me…

4 How can I navigate ALL the information and opinions to make an informed decision?

5 I searched The Toronto Star online 95 articles 95 articles 122 images 122 images 13 videos 13 videos

6 I searched Google 20,000,000 results 20,000,000 results

7 I checked the DCDSB Website H1N1 Revised Clinic Information H1N1 Revised Clinic Information H1N1 Revised Clinic Information H1N1 Revised Clinic Information Pandemic Plan - Revised Nov 2, 2009 Pandemic Plan - Revised Nov 2, 2009 Pandemic Plan Pandemic Plan Community Update #6 - Oct 30, 2009 Community Update #6 - Oct 30, 2009 Community Update #6 Community Update #6 Letter to Parents - Nov 2, 2009 Letter to Parents - Nov 2, 2009 Letter to Parents Letter to Parents Letter to Parents - May 1, 2009 Letter to Parents - May 1, 2009 Letter to Parents Letter to Parents H1N1 and School Sport Events H1N1 and School Sport Events H1N1 and School Sport Events H1N1 and School Sport Events Handwashing Video Handwashing Video Handwashing Video Handwashing Video Useful Links Durham Region Health Department Useful Links Durham Region Health Department H1N1 Swine Flu Facts Sheet H1N1 Swine Flu Facts Sheet H1N1 Swine Flu Facts Sheet H1N1 Swine Flu Facts Sheet 6 Simple Steps to Staying Healthy 6 Simple Steps to Staying Healthy 6 Simple Steps to Staying Healthy 6 Simple Steps to Staying Healthy H1N1 Influenza (pH1N1) Update - Sep 2009 H1N1 Influenza (pH1N1) Update - Sep 2009 H1N1 Influenza (pH1N1) Update H1N1 Influenza (pH1N1) Update Community Update #6 - Oct 30, 2009 Community Update #6 - Oct 30, 2009 Community Update #6 Community Update #6 Community Update #5 - Sep 30, 2009 Community Update #5 - Sep 30, 2009 Community Update #5 Community Update #5 Community Update #4 - Jun 12, 2009 Community Update #4 - Jun 12, 2009 Community Update #4 Community Update #4 Community Update #3 - May 27, 2009 Community Update #3 - May 27, 2009 Community Update #3 Community Update #3 Community Update #2 - May 7, 2009 Community Update #2 - May 7, 2009 Community Update #2 Community Update #2 Community Update - Apr 29, 2009 Community Update - Apr 29, 2009 Community Update Community Update Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Support Materials Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Support Materials Influenza Vaccination Clinics Web Site Influenza Vaccination Clinics Web Site Influenza Vaccination Clinics Web Site Influenza Vaccination Clinics Web Site Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Letter to Parents Letter to Parents Letter to Parents Letter to Parents Generic Poster Generic Poster Generic Poster Generic Poster Parent Poster Parent Poster Parent Poster Parent Poster Teacher / Staff Poster Teacher / Staff Poster Teacher / Staff Poster Teacher / Staff Poster Public Health Agency of Canada Public Health Agency of Canada Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Pandemic Communication Pandemic Communication Pandemic Communication Pandemic Communication

8 I thought I was SO smart!

9 I thought I knew how to read and understand what I was reading… I do have an English degree after all.

10 I even thought I knew how to think about what I was reading. Until this…

11 Maybe you can figure it out? Push is on to inoculate everyone against H1N1 from Nov. 19 Toronto Star Push is on to inoculate everyone against H1N1 from Nov. 19 Toronto Star Use 10 Questions to try and understand this article critically Use 10 Questions to try and understand this article critically

12 Critical Literacy Skills ARE important. Our world is getting more complex Our world is getting more complex There is information coming at us from more directions than ever There is information coming at us from more directions than ever There is bias (political, economical, etc…) There is bias (political, economical, etc…) We can count on the fact that the future will continue to challenge us to think about what we are reading We can count on the fact that the future will continue to challenge us to think about what we are reading

13 Critical Literacy is Part of Every Subject Area …and even my health

14 Ontario Literacy Coalition If serious commitments to improve literacy are not made, 47% of adults aged 16 and over in Canadatotalling more than 15 millionwill continue to have low literacy skills below Level 3 in If serious commitments to improve literacy are not made, 47% of adults aged 16 and over in Canadatotalling more than 15 millionwill continue to have low literacy skills below Level 3 in Level 3 (defined as skill level required for successful high school completion and college entry) is the internationally accepted level of literacy required to cope in a modern society. Level 3 (defined as skill level required for successful high school completion and college entry) is the internationally accepted level of literacy required to cope in a modern society.

15 Ontario Literacy Coalition As the province of Ontario prepares for the emerging knowledge-based economy, over 50% of the total population has low numeracy performance and 42% has low literacy performance. As the province of Ontario prepares for the emerging knowledge-based economy, over 50% of the total population has low numeracy performance and 42% has low literacy performance.

16 The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln


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