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Healthy Roads Media: Health Literacy Materials

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


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Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones

Activity Description

Introduce your students to numerous health-related topics with these short, easy-to-understand, closed-captioned videos and accompanying readings/handouts.

Numerous videos and handouts are available, in multiple languages,, on the following topics: abuse, AIDS/HIV, asthma, cancer, children/infants, dental, diabetes, diseases/conditions, emergencies, food/nutrition, heart, housing, immunization, injuries and wounds, jobs, medical tests, medicines, mental health, patient safety, personal health issues, pregnancy/reproduction, refugee orientation, sexual health, smoking, staying healthy, substance abuse, symptoms, and tuberculosis. Not every topic is covered in every language though.


  1. Familiarize yourself with the resources available on the site.
  2. Select an appropriate video.
  3. Print out the reading/handout that accompanies each video for each student.
  4. Identify terminology/vocabulary you may want to pre-teach your students.
  5. Develop and print comprehension questions for students to answer after the reading.


  1. Write the topic on the board.
  2. Ask students to Think-Pair-Share what they know about the topic in order to activate background knowledge.
  3. Write these responses on the board.
  4. Pre-teach the appropriate terminology/vocabulary from the video.
  5. Show the video.
  6. Lead a brief discussion about the video to check comprehension.
  7. Distribute the reading/handout and have students read silently.
  8. Have students answer the comprehension questions you developed.
  9. Review the answers as a class.


  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (3.6) Understand basic health and medical information
  • (3.5) Understand basic principles of health maintenance
  • (3.4) Understand basic safety measures and health risks

Basic Communication

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.