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Literacy Limbo Worksheet Name: _____________________2002-2003 Literacy Rates Selected Countries of Asia(CIA World Factbook)Percentage of Literate Population (People over the age of 15 that can read and write)Name ofCountryMenWomenTotalBangladesh54 %32%43%Burma89%81%85%China95%87%91%India70%48%60%Iran86%73%79%Japan99%99%99%Kazakhstan99%98%98%Mongolia98%98%98%Nepal63%35%49%Saudi Arabia85%71%79%1. Which country has the highest combined literacy rate? ____________ ___Which country has the lowest combined literacy rate? ______________ __2. Which country has the largest difference between the literacy rates of men vs. the literacy ratesof women? __________________________________How can you tell that country is the lowest? ________________________ _________________________________________________________ __ 3. On a separate piece of paper, create a stem and leaf plot for the literacy rates of the men in thecountries listed.4. On a separate piece of paper, create a bar graph for the women’s literacy rates. (You will beadding men’s literacy rates, which will create a double bar graph, so be sure to leave room forthe second bar graph to fit next to your first one.)5. Add the men’s literacy rates to create a double bar graph. Be sure to use a different color to showthe men’s literacy rates.6. Based on your double bar graph, what can you tell about the literacy rates of the men and womenin the majority of these countries?___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ _ 7. In the three lowest countries, what is approximate percentage of people who are literate?______________________________________________What can you infer about men vs. women from that percentage? __________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ 8. Why is literacy important? _____________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ 9. Based on the reasons of why literacy is important, what can you infer about the lives of thepeople in the three countries with the lowest literacy rates?___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ 10. On a separate piece of paper, create a line graph that shows the change in literacy rates for menand for women for the countries listed in the chart on the next page. Use a different color foreach country.Literacy Rates of 1970, 1990, and 2002 Selected Countries of AsiaSource for the 1970 & 1990 Literacy Rates: UNESCO Institute for Statistics; Literacy and Nonformal Education SectionSource for the 2002 Literacy Rates: CIA World FactbookName of Country197019902002197019902002MenMenMenWomenWomenWomenBangladesh364454122432Burma878789567481China678795376987India476270183648Iran467286235473Japan999999999999Kazakhstan989999939898Mongolia979898939798Nepal21476341435Saudi Arabia49768516507111. Based on your line graphs, what can you tell about the literacy rates of the men or womenin the majority of these countries since 1970?___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ _ 12. Based on your line graphs, which 3 countries have had the largest increase in the literacy ratebetween 1970 and 2002?___________________________________________________________Literacy Limbo Worksheet Answer Key2002-2003 Literacy Rates Selected Countries of Asia(CIA World Factbook)Percentage of Literate Population (People over the age of 15 that can read and write)Name ofCountryMenWomenTotalBangladesh54 %32%43%Burma89%81%85%China95%87%91%India70%48%60%Iran86%73%79%Japan99%99%99%Kazakhstan99%98%98%Mongolia98%98%98%Nepal63%35%49%Saudi Arabia85%71%79%1. Which country has the highest combined literacy rate? __________Japan__ ___Which country has the lowest combined literacy rate? ________Bangladesh______ 2. Which country has the largest difference between the literacy rates of men vs. the literacy ratesof women? __________Nepal________________________How can you tell that country is the lowest? For all of the countries, subtract the women from themen to get the difference. The largest difference will be the answer.3. On a separate piece of paper, create a stem and leaf plot for the literacy rates of the men in thecountries listed.54637085 6 995 8 9 9Key: 5 | 4 = 54%4. On a separate piece of paper, create a bar graph for the women’s literacy rates. (You will beadding men’s literacy rates, which will create a double bar graph, so be sure to leave room forthe second bar graph to fit next to your first one.)5. Add the men’s literacy rates to create a double bar graph. Be sure to use a different color to showthe men’s literacy rates.6. Based on your double bar graph, what can you tell about the literacy rates of the men and womenin the majority of these countries?Answers can include: The men are more likely to get an education and be literate.7. In the three lowest countries, what is approximate percentage of people who are literate?It is approximately 51%.What can you infer about men vs. women from that percentage. Answers may vary and include:Education is not provided for all people, and men are more likely to get an education. Men areexpected to control the finances and power structure. Men are expected to be the wage earners.There could be other religious and social reasons for the differences.8. Why is literacy important? Answers may vary and include: Literacy is important for gettinggood jobs, for making good decisions, for having control over your life and your children’s lives.Literacy is necessary to enjoy certain arts, to communicate with others, and to protect yourproperty and family.9.


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