Critical literacy begins in being able to decode a text and then analyze it for meaning, implicit and explicit themes, and the relationship of a text to a given perspective, author's purpose, and related text and media.
Critical literacy is about a text and the motives of the people behind the text, and understanding how what we read and consume affects us. It requires us to become critical readers -- to think 'What am I consuming, and what might I do as a result'?
The included cards provide questions that encourage critical reading of fiction and non-fiction works, with question list variations offered to emphasize keywords. You can use as:
*writing prompts for reading journals
*have students choose a number for independent reading
*use as discussion prompts or as exit slips
*create assessments around them