Survivor North Carolina
Survivor North Carolina consists of a series of health literacy challenges with the responses of five participating North Carolina community college ESL programs. Each of the tribes (i.e., schools) survived their challenges using two tools: education and action.
Participating tribes in this ESL Health Literacy Consortium were from
Alamance Community College
Central Carolina Community College
Montgomery Community College
Stanly Community College
Wilkes Community College
Working under their instructional leaders, the tribes were involved in project-based, action-oriented learning about the five leading causes of death in North Carolina: heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lung disease, and diabetes.
Meeting their challenges required the tribes and their instructors to:
- form partnerships with local health professionals/health educators to learn about the causes of death;
- address the lifestyle changes that can prevent, delay, or ameliorate the major chronic health problems in North Carolina;
- consider the ways survival in North Carolina today is influenced by the history, government, and geography of the United States.
The materials these tribes produced:
- illustrate and/or demonstrate the projects completed by the originating teachers and students;
- include project plans that can be replicated by other ESL, CED, and community literacy groups;
- provide a resource for a future North Carolina Health Literacy Toolkit.
The Appendix consists of the challenges and the Internet resources given to the tribe leaders (teachers) at the onset of this undertaking. You can use the Appendix to design projects that are topically sound but entirely different from the ones completed by the tribes in this Survivor handbook.
With grateful appreciation to the U.S. Department of Education and the North Carolina Community College System for giving us this opportunity, we offer Survivor North Carolina for your use.
Note About the Survivor Instructional
Many of the following classroom resources are provided in two file formats, for your convenience. The Adobe Acrobat files (noted below as “PDF”) are much smaller in file size and will download quickly for printing. Should you want to modify the resource, a Microsoft Word file (noted below as “DOC”) is provided, but will take longer to download, depending on the bandwidth of your Internet connection. At any rate, the content in each file is the same – only the file format is different.
I. What's Killing Us in North Carolina?
Number 1: Heart Disease
• Be Heart Smart –
PDF (512kb) DOC
• It's a Puzzle – PDF (326kb) DOC (1.98mb)
• Heart Disease Brochure – PUBLISHER FILE (18.2mb) PDF (322kb)
(If you have trouble opening the Publisher file by left clicking on the link, follow these instructions:
Right click on the link to the Publisher file.
Choose "Save Link As."
You can opt to save to the desktop.
Select "Microsoft Office Publisher Document" as the file type.
Then you can open the file from the desktop. )
Number 2: Cancer
Number 3: Stroke
Number 4: Chronic Lung Disease
Number 5: Diabetes
II. What Prevention Strategies Can We Use?
• Stop Digging Your Grave with a Fork – PDF
• Do You Mind if I Smoke? – PDF (658kb) DOC (8mb)
• Make a Motion Commotion – PDF (402kb) DOC (323kb)
• Preparing Public Service Announcements – PDF (524kb) DOC (1.5mb)
• Replace Those Empty Calories – PDF (1.37mb) DOC (9.8mb)
III. What's the Past Got To Do With It?
• Heart and Soul –
PDF (619kb) DOC
• Finding a Cure – PDF (792kb) DOC (11.8mb)
• Sweet Tea, Fried Chicken, and Mad Cow – PDF (422kb) DOC (958kb)
• From Peace Pipe to Smoke-Free – PDF (290kb) DOC (1.3mb)
• Tobacco Timeline– PDF (64kb) DOC 87kb)
• Fast Forward – PDF (588kb) DOC (3mb)
V. Epilogue as Prologue