ERIC Number: EJ923443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 3
Mind Mirror Projects: A Tool for Integrating Critical Thinking into the English Language Classroom
Tully, Matthew M.
English Teaching Forum, v47 n1 p10-17 2009
Identifying a point of view can be a complex task in any language. By analyzing what characters say, think, and do throughout a story, readers can observe how points of view tend to change over time. Easier said than done, this ability to climb inside the mind of a character can help students as they analyze personalities found in literature, history, and the world around them. This article will outline the steps used to facilitate a mind mirror project that analyzed characters from the short story, "The Lottery" (Jackson 1982). Additionally, this article will describe reflective activities that enabled students to monitor and improve critical thinking skills throughout the project and will conclude by offering insights for teachers interested in using mind mirror projects in their classrooms.
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Feedback (Response), Inferences, Teaching Methods, Self Control, Literary Genres, Language Teachers
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.forum.state.gov
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