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Susan Ruckdschel's post addresses the need to teach critical thinking through digital media. Having students produce media instead of just consuming it helps them analyze different points of view while they reflect on their own. Ruckdschel provides several examples of how to help students develop these critical thinking skills: providing books with contrasting points of view, challenging students to rewrite a scene from a book, play or short story using a different character's point of view, etc. School librarians know all about fractured fairy tales, so how about a unit on Cinderella stories? Even middle schoolers would love Bubba The Cowboy Prince, in which Helen Ketteman gives us a hilarious Texas version of Cinderella, complete with a fairy god-cow. Why not have students write a script, perform and record a readers' theatre version for younger students? They could make an entire library of fractured fairy tales or traditional stories--The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is still one of my favorite readers' theatre scripts. In this case, both the performers and the audience would be learning critical thinking skills, even though they'd say they were just having fun! Ruckdschel shares some tools to use, including VoiceThread,, Animoto, and I'm sure you could come up with many more! I love her perspective on working critical literacy into every aspect of teaching, and agree that it's a life skill that all of us need to use. Check out this article and see if it sparks some new ideas for lessons!