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ERIC Number: ED354514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 71
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-89455-385-2
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)
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
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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