Critical Thinking in College Writing From the Personal to the Academic Discipline:Writing in English Professor: Vivian Mar...
What is criticism? <ul><li>“  Criticism is the process of responding to and evaluating ideas, argument, and style so that ...
Critical thinking <ul><li>Critical thinking=serious thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Clear and flexible thinking </li></ul><ul><...
Attentive Reading <ul><li>Critical thinker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informed opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoughtful re...
Listing Important Ideas <ul><li>Allows you to remember the ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you to get a better understanding...
Noticing Key Terms <ul><li>Terms that will demand time to understand  </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the relationship between ...
Looking inward  Writing a personal response <ul><li>Essays provoke responses in your mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Write what yo...
Strategies to begin <ul><li>Tell a story </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on important ideas for you </li></ul><ul><li>Why are the ...
Looking outward  Making an academic connection <ul><li>Academic writing key elements:  </li></ul><ul><li>advanced ideas </...
Second stage   Involving textual analysis <ul><li>Summarizing author’s ideas – basis for extented analysis. </li></ul><ul>...
Crafting the essay <ul><li>With your notes in hand you can start to develop your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Show critical th...
Finishing  the essay <ul><li>Analyse conflicting points and contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetize your points into a...
Modelling Good Writing <ul><li>According to the author to: </li></ul><ul><li>Check essays that are considered  an “A” </li...
Discussion <ul><li>Think about your own experiences with critical thinking assigments. What seemed to be the most difficul...
Bibliography <ul><li>http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/dasbender--critical-thinking.pdf </li></ul>
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Professor: Vivian Margutti
UFMG - Brazil

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Critical thinking in college writing

  1. 1. Critical Thinking in College Writing From the Personal to the Academic Discipline:Writing in English Professor: Vivian Margutti Group 4: Heidi, Melina, Talita and Bruna
  2. 2. What is criticism? <ul><li>“ Criticism is the process of responding to and evaluating ideas, argument, and style so that readers understand how and why you value these items.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Critical thinking <ul><li>Critical thinking=serious thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Clear and flexible thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Better understanding of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental to all subject </li></ul><ul><li>Various methods and techniques </li></ul>
  4. 4. Attentive Reading <ul><li>Critical thinker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informed opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoughtful response </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A critical thinker is a good reader. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read attentively and with an open mind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Absorb new ideas and form your own </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Listing Important Ideas <ul><li>Allows you to remember the ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you to get a better understanding </li></ul>
  6. 6. Noticing Key Terms <ul><li>Terms that will demand time to understand </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the relationship between them </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize important quotes taking the key terms into account </li></ul>
  7. 7. Looking inward Writing a personal response <ul><li>Essays provoke responses in your mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Write what you feel ( thoughts) about the essay you read. </li></ul><ul><li>Select quotes, explain and write personal responses to that. </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking is to establish your relationship with a text. Your initial reaction to the text will shape your views about it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Strategies to begin <ul><li>Tell a story </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on important ideas for you </li></ul><ul><li>Why are the ideas meaningful? </li></ul><ul><li>Write your toughts with 1 st person </li></ul><ul><li>Write a letter to the author </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start up a conversation </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Looking outward Making an academic connection <ul><li>Academic writing key elements: </li></ul><ul><li>advanced ideas </li></ul><ul><li>concepts </li></ul><ul><li>theories </li></ul><ul><li>critical thinking and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Not impersonal, it always starts with personal writing. </li></ul><ul><li>From private opinion to larger more abstract ideas. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Second stage Involving textual analysis <ul><li>Summarizing author’s ideas – basis for extented analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate worthiness (or lack of) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify contradictions of the author </li></ul><ul><li>Examine strategies used by the author(style, figurative language, voice) </li></ul><ul><li>Include a second text (help your opinion) </li></ul><ul><li>Extend writer’s ideas, develop your own perspective and propose new ways of thinking about the subject at hand. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Crafting the essay <ul><li>With your notes in hand you can start to develop your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Show critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Show your personal opinion (it makes the reader relate to you) </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the meaning of the quotations you’ve created </li></ul>
  12. 12. Finishing the essay <ul><li>Analyse conflicting points and contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetize your points into a new idea </li></ul><ul><li>Conclude explaining the new argument </li></ul>
  13. 13. Modelling Good Writing <ul><li>According to the author to: </li></ul><ul><li>Check essays that are considered an “A” </li></ul><ul><li>Follow other writher’s imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Personal opinion can be shown through reflection instead of first person statements. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Discussion <ul><li>Think about your own experiences with critical thinking assigments. What seemed to be the most difficult? What approaches did you use to overcome that? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the list of strategies on how to conduct textual analysis. How well do they work for you? Can you think of another one to add to the list? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Bibliography <ul><li>http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/dasbender--critical-thinking.pdf </li></ul>

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