ERIC Number: ED354514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Critical Thinking Activities To Improve Writing Skills: Arguments A-1.
Baker, Michael O.
Emphasizing real-life communication skills, this book offers cooperative activities to help teachers supplement their writing programs with easy-to-use critical thinking activities. The 16 activities in the book are suitable for grades 4 through 8, for gifted younger students, or as a remediation tool for older students. The activities expose students to the following critical thinking: identifying premises and conclusions; identifying a sequence; understanding grammar's relationships of truth value; identifying relevant and irrelevant information; identifying fact and opinion; perceiving inferences; identifying cause and effect; understanding argument by analogy, identifying a conclusion not justified by given evidence, and recognizing words taken out of context. Each activity in the book asks students to read a scenario, engage in a group discussion of the problem (e.g., a radio debate about shark attacks) using a specific questioning strategy, and then either outline a response to the problem, form a complete written argument, or do both. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Persuasive Discourse, Thinking Skills, Writing Assignments, Writing Improvement, Writing Skills
Critical Thinking Press and Software, P.O. Box 448, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-0448 ($9.95 plus $3 postage/handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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