The Basics of Critical Thinking

The Basics of Critical Thinking

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The Basics of Critical Thinking
The Basics of Critical Thinking is one of our favorite books from The Critical Thinking Co. This workbook’s color illustrations, engaging storylines, and clear explanations teach your student how to think. He'll learn about common argument forms and practice the important skill of identifying and evaluating evidence. The Basics of Critical Thinking teaches such a vital skill that your student just might find that it's the part of this year’s schoolwork that he uses most throughout the rest of his life. Plus, he will have such a blast completing it!

Although this book teaches common argument forms, its primary focus is identifying and evaluating evidence – the very basis of critical thinking. Most propaganda, advertising schemes, legal trickery, and bad science are not the result of complex arguments; they are the result of half-truths and simple arguments. The Basics of Critical Thinking utilizes an engaging, yet far from juvenile, approach to provide your student with the tools to see through such false arguments. Appropriate for students as young as 4th grade and up through 9th grade.

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  • What Is Critical Thinking?
  • Conclusions and Decisions
  • Beliefs and Claims
  • Finding (Identifying) Evidence
  • Evaluating Evidence
  • Inferring and Inferences
  • Facts and Opinions
  • Facts and Probable Truths
  • False and Probably False
  • Facts, Probably True, and Probably False
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Logical Connectives
  • Advertising
  • Agreements and Contracts
  • Common Errors in Reasoning
  • Arguments
  • Valid and Invalid Arguments
  • Fallacies

  • Answers are located in the back of this book.

    Publisher Information:
    Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
    Author: Michael O. Baker
    Pages: 134 student pages, and answers included in the back
    Reproducible: Yes
    ISBN: 9781601445070
    Faith-Based: No

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 11 reviews
    looks like another good curriculum from Critical Thinking Co.

    We haven't started using this yet, but looking through it, it seems to be an entry level logic course. Book is organized well and not to difficult.

    This really helped!

    This critical thinking book really helped our 7th grader develop a better insight into words and how sentences were structured to develop critical thinking skills. We really enjoyed doing the lessons together and debating some of the answers.

    Rebecca O.H.
    Good Workbook

    Very good workbook

    Vivienne M.R.
    When my boy says "that was so fun" I know I made a good choice

    Our 7th grader loves this book! He wanted to just keep going, although it's meant to be a break between the tougher subjects, he really enjoyed the detective style format of this learning .

    Kim E.

    My daughter is really enjoying this!