2: Critical Thinking and Reading Resulting in Writing

Photo of children trying a critical thinking exercise stacking hoops in complex shapes

As they undertake scholarly inquiry and produce their own arguments, students summarize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the ideas of others. Students may encounter the ideas of others in a variety of texts generated both inside and outside the classroom: print, visual, aural, oral, spatial.

Students learn accepted and ethical ways to integrate other texts into their work, rightly handling citation and adaptation.

Students use writing  as a critical thinking tool.

(image credit: “Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership. Camp Inquiry 2011. Teaching critical thinking and reflection skills (53)” by Flickr user “Michael Cardus)