“Critical thinking is identifying and evaluating evidence to guide decision making.” So state the authors of our textbook as they introduce the concept of critical thinking as an essential skill in both academic and everyday situations.
Through this course, students will develop critical thinking skills as they work through entertaining crime scene scenarios. Acting as detectives for the LAPD, students will examine evidence, witness statements, and expert testimony to determine the validity of arguments while solving fictional crimes. Follow-up activities will solidify students’ understanding of logic and reasoning, allowing them to apply their newfound critical thinking skills to other areas of academic and social life.
This class is especially recommended for students planning to take academic writing classes, as clear writing begins with clear thinking.
Critical thinking topics and skills covered:
- Fact vs. opinion
- Ambiguity and vagueness
- Recognizing arguments: finding premises and conclusions
- Evaluating Claims
- Inductive arguments
This is a 16-week class for teens working at the high school level. Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session.
- James Madison Critical Thinking Course by William O’Meara and Daniel Flage, The Critical Thinking Company