HEAP Health Literacy: FAQ

Why were other HEAP resources developed?

HEAP of Books: The HEAP of Books collection currently contains templates for 145 literary and informational texts designed to help teachers:

  • Align their instruction and assessment to the state health education standards,
  • Provide instruction geared toward improving health literacy and basic literacy,
  • Ask students probing questions to elicit critical thinking and problem solving,
  • Align health education instruction and assessment to common core standards in English Language Arts (ELA), and
  • Differentiate instruction by selecting literary and informational texts with reading levels that are developmentally appropriate for all learners – templates include reading level information from Lexile, Reading Counts!, Accelerated Reader and others.

Cognitive Progression Sets Cognitive Progression Sets include assessments that are built around 21st century scenarios and contain a sequence of constructed response items that encompass the full spectrum of cognitive processes outlined in Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. Assistance in developing the original HEAP cognitive progression sets was provided by Loren Anderson, co-author of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. These “Cog” sets can be used for diagnostic purposes (to determine where instruction should begin), formative purposes (to determine if students are ready for advanced learning), and summative purposes (assessment of learning).

HEAP's distance learning course

Participation in the HEAP provided its state members with resources to train teachers in standards-based health education curriculum, instruction, and assessment. For many members, especially in states with scattered populations, face-to-face professional development was expensive and difficult. To address this challenge, the HEAP's distance learning course was developed.