Critical Thinking


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Critical Thinking

  1. 1. Writing and Critical thinking In the social studies
  2. 2. 1. Complete the next statement according to the article <ul><li>Poor writing reflects… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor writing skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor pen quality </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. 2. According to Van Nostrand traditional writing instruction… <ul><li>Has been dominated by misleading assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Has contributed to the correct production of written texts </li></ul><ul><li>Has been connected to the learning of other subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Has been assigned to the teachers </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3. This is NOT a major school of writing <ul><li>The technocratic school </li></ul><ul><li>The mimetic school </li></ul><ul><li>The behavioral school </li></ul><ul><li>The romantic school </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. What is true about the technocratic school? <ul><li>It has succeded in understanding how the process of writing constructs logical thought </li></ul><ul><li>It has focused on grammar and on larger syntactical structures </li></ul><ul><li>It has been concerned about the structuring of consciouness </li></ul><ul><li>It has focused on both formal and informal grammar </li></ul>
  6. 6. 5. The mimetic school assumes that students learn how to write… <ul><li>By reading books that serve as models of good writing </li></ul><ul><li>By going through different stages and phases of a writing process </li></ul><ul><li>By correcting others’ pieces of writing </li></ul><ul><li>By imitating other writers </li></ul>
  7. 7. 6. Sontag argued that students… <ul><li>Should work on structural issues </li></ul><ul><li>Should imitate writers’ thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Should be taught how to think before they write </li></ul><ul><li>Should learn by themselves </li></ul>
  8. 8. 7. According to the mimetic approach… <ul><li>One does not teach writing, one simply provides a place for the students to write </li></ul><ul><li>Writing is a matter of pedagogical training </li></ul><ul><li>Writing is a way of structuring consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Writing is about transcribing thought, not thinking </li></ul>
  9. 9. 8. This school of writing overemphasizes the inner self <ul><li>a. The technocratic school </li></ul><ul><li>b. The mimetic school </li></ul><ul><li>c. The behavioral school </li></ul><ul><li>d. The romantic school </li></ul>
  10. 10. 9. Writing must be viewed as… <ul><li>A rethorical skill </li></ul><ul><li>A dialectical process </li></ul><ul><li>An instrumental skill </li></ul><ul><li>A reflecting process </li></ul>
  11. 11. 10. A dialectical approach would examine… <ul><li>The relationships between the writer, the reader and the subject </li></ul><ul><li>The relationships between the subject and the reader </li></ul><ul><li>The relationships between the argument, grammar usage and narration </li></ul><ul><li>The relationships between the instumental skills </li></ul>
  12. 12. 11. A good writing is an integration of… <ul><li>Language and form </li></ul><ul><li>Form and content </li></ul><ul><li>Content and subject </li></ul><ul><li>Form and layout </li></ul>
  13. 13. 12. Some violations of a good writing are… <ul><li>False starts, unlikely assertions </li></ul><ul><li>The use of different font size </li></ul><ul><li>An unclear handwriting </li></ul><ul><li>Citing different authors </li></ul>
  14. 14. 13. Who said “a great truth wants to be criticized, not idolized”? <ul><li>Skinner </li></ul><ul><li>Aristotle </li></ul><ul><li>Nietsche </li></ul><ul><li>Socrates </li></ul>
  15. 15. 14. Critical thinking in writing starts with… <ul><li>The analysis of formal patterns </li></ul><ul><li>The analyis of content </li></ul><ul><li>The analysis of bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>The analysis of punctuation </li></ul>
  16. 16. 15. Paulo Freire claims that… <ul><li>Knowledge is the end of the thinking process </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is about finding the truth of the facts </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is constructed between the actors of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is not the end of thinking but the mediating link between students and teachers </li></ul>
  17. 17. 16. Why should writers contextualize the information? <ul><li>Because they need to contextualize the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Because they should question the legitimacy of a given fact or issue </li></ul><ul><li>Because they need to know what the sources of the information are </li></ul><ul><li>Because they need to choose the references </li></ul>
  18. 18. 17. This is not part of the writing-history model <ul><li>Selecting evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Making assertions incorportating evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting assertions in a sequence </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing the writing </li></ul>
  19. 19. 18. Writing critically means… <ul><li>Considering authorities’ ideas on a specific subject </li></ul><ul><li>Rejecting conventional views of writing whether in form or content </li></ul><ul><li>Criticizing peoples’ assumptions on certain topics </li></ul><ul><li>Including different sources to support evidence </li></ul>