Critical Thinking in Language Arts and Social Studies

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Critical Thinking in Language Arts and Social Studies

1. Preview - Look “around” the text before you start reading.

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Critical Thinking Guideline

Critical thinking in language arts and social studies should be used often in the classroom regardless of grade level. Critical thinking will allow students to really grasp the materials as well as interct with them which will hopefully result in retaining more of what is read. Students can learn a great deal more about the organization and purpose of a text by taking note of features other than its length.

2. Annotate - Annotating puts you actively and immediately in a "dialogue” with an author and the issues and ideas you encounter in a written text.

3. Outline, Summarize, and Analyze

4. Look for repetitions and patterns - The way language is chosen, used, positioned in a text can be important indication of what an author considers crucial and what he expects you to glean from his argument. It can also alert you to ideological positions, hidden agendas or biases.

5. Contextualize - Once you’ve finished reading actively and annotating, take stock for a moment and put it in perspective. When you contextualize, you essentially "re-view" a text you've encountered, framed by its historical, cultural, material, or intellectual circumstances.

6. Compare and Contrast - Set course readings against each other to determine their relationships (hidden or explicit).


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