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A teacher's pack for critical thinking - detailing how to develop arguments using informal logic and aMap

A teacher's pack for critical thinking - detailing how to develop arguments using informal logic and aMap

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    • Developing arguments
      • A lesson plan on how to structure arguments using informal logic and aMap (www.aMap.org.uk)
    • Learning outcomes
      • The students will :
      • - understand how arguments are structured using “informal logic”
      • understand how to develop their own structured argument
      • practice creating their own arguments
      • have an interactive argument with friends (in the class and on the internet)
    • Explaining argument structure
      • Explain to the class how people use “informal logic” in their everyday arguments
      • Explain how informal logic is based around a four part structure:
        • Position
        • Proposition
        • Reason
        • Evidence
      • Explain how the linking words characterise this structure:
        • Position: “I think . . .”
        • Proposition: “Because . . .”
        • Reason: “As . . .”
        • Evidence: “Supported by . . .”
    • Testing their understanding
      • Once the class has an understanding of the basic informal logic structure, then give them an example:
        • Position: “I THINK Obama is a great President”
        • Proposition: “BECAUSE he’s a great leader”
        • Reason: “AS he listens to people and commands respect”
        • Evidence: “SUPPORTED BY the fact that he runs monthly town hall meetings where he answers people’s questions.”
      • Now ask the class for a topic to base an argument around, and develop up and argument with them helping fill in the parts of the argument.
    • Developing personal arguments
      • Now get your students into pairs.
      • Select a question you want your students to develop an argument around, for example: “Should students wear uniforms to school?”.
      • Hand out an aMap “argument sheet” to each student
      • Then ask one person from each pair to develop up an argument “for” and the other “against”.
      • N.B. Make sure they develop up their argument using the “aMap argument sheet” - providing three complete arguments to support their position. (see the “aMap argument sheet format on the next slide).
    • aMap argument format
    • Arguing online! As homework, ask each of your students to visit www. aMap .org.uk , and create an argument on any subject they like - and start an argument with a friend! See the example below:
    • Happy arguing ; - ) www.aMap.org.uk N.B. to support your lessons, you can buy our series of aMaps from www.aMap.org.uk/buy