About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Critical Thinking Skills chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Types of research articles; analyzing text purpose||Differences in primary and secondary research; primary purposes; finding purpose in writing samples|
|Tuesday||Understanding contexts, fact vs. opinion and biases||Historical, biographical, linguistic and reader context; differences between fact, persuasion and informed opinion; recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in text|
|Wednesday||Analyzing arguments; historical theories; diverse perspectives||Determining the validity and effectiveness of an argument; differing historical theories and how they work together to provide viewpoints; evaluating history from diverse perspectives|
|Thursday||Textual evidence and interpretation; drawing conclusions||Exploring informational texts and gathering textual evidence; making inferences in literature; drawing conclusions from textual evidence|
|Friday||Historical change; organizing history||Cause and effect relating to historical change through different classifications; organizing history using calendars, maps and periodization|
1. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods
Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.
2. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.
3. Interpreting Works in Context
In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.
4. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction
How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.
5. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works
In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.
6. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.
7. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past
Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.
8. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives
Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.
9. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text
In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.
10. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
11. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection
When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.
12. Historical Change: Causes and Effects
In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.
13. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization
While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.
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