ERIC Number: ED273985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Activities to Promote Critical Thinking. Classroom Practices in Teaching English, 1986.
National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Intended to involve students in language and communication study in such a way that significant thinking occurs, this collection of teaching ideas outlines ways to teach literature and composition that engage the students in such thinking processes as inferring, sequencing, predicting, classifying, problem solving, and synthesizing. The activities are divided into catagories for composition, speaking and listening, literature study, additional creative and critical thinking activities, and speaking and writing across the curriculum. The titles of the essays and their authors are as follows: (1) "Using the Poetic Voice to Teach Story Forms and Writing in the Elementary Grades" (Raymond Bailey); (2) "The Metaphor as a Metaphor for English Class" (Carole B. Bencich); (3) "Writing A Thesis Statement: A Right-Brain Activity" (Carolyn Boiarsky); (4) "Justice Is a Nike T-Shirt: Using Synectics in the ESL Writing Class" (Nancy Pfingstag); (5) "Whose Territory? Watch It!" (Derise J. Wigand and Kathleen Smith-Meadows); (6) "The Sentence: A Tool for Teaching Straight Thinking" (Walter F. Utroske); (7) "From 'Thinking Man' to 'Man Thinking': Exercises Requiring Problem-Solving Skills" (Deborah J. Barrett); (8)"Protocol Analysis for the Student Writer" (Gyde Christine Martin); (9) "Teaching Critical Listening" (Mary Bozik); (10) "Each One Teach One: A Peer Teaching/Learning Unit" (Margaret E. Rinkel); (11) "Teaching Thinking through Questioning: A Collaborative Classroom Project" (Mary H. Oestereicher); (12) "Modified Oxford Debate for Advanced Ninth Graders" (Fran Caldwell); (13) "Three R's for Critical Thinking about Literature: Reading, 'Riting, and Responding" (John W. Swope and Edgar H. Thompson); (14) "Experiencing Contemporary Drama" (George Klawitter); (15) "Collaborative Interpretation" (Sam Dragga); (16) "Adapting the Courtroom Trial Format to Literature" (Michael Segedy); (17) "Collection, Connection, Projection: Using Written and Oral Presentation to Encourage Thinking Skills" (Joseph F. Bonfiglio); (18) "Write on the Reading!" (Adele Fiderer); (19) "The Spheres of Experience: A Schema Theory for Writers" (Jeanne Gunner); (20) "Thinking through Dilemmas" (Ruth Vinz); (21) "Right On, Right Answers" (Lee Mountain and Sharon Crawley); (22) "Critical Thinking through a Community of Inquiry" (Kristine Riemann and Tony W. Johnson); (23) "Advertising Gimmicks: Teaching Critical Thinking" (Leah Rudasill) (24) "The Uses of Logic in the College Freshman English Curriculum" (Angela A. Rapkin); (25) "Helping Students Write Historical Fiction" (Myra Zarnowski); (26) "Exposing the Edge of Thought: Taking Risks with Expressive Language" (Denise Stavis Levine); (27) "Math-Writing and Thinking" (Adele Fiderer); (28) "Teaching Critical Thinking to Management Students" (Joan M. van Courtland Moon). (HTH)
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Literature Appreciation, Reading Writing Relationship, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 00457, $7.00 member, $9.75 nonmember).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: Prepared by the NCTE Committee on Classroom Practices in Teaching English.