TTP Critical Thinking, Week 4

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Hour 1

Pair work (15)

What did you learn last week?

Summarize the main argument of the Most Likely to Succeed .

  • What’s the difference between good and bad feedback?
  • How does the author compare the effect of class size and teacher quality?
  • What is value-added analysis in the story?

You watched a short video about schools, books, and critical thinking. What was the argument in that video?

We learned 6 fallacies last week. Name each. Can you give an example of each?

Describe the video that shows a fallacy can be used to take a country to war.

Critical thinking part 4 (40)

Introduction to analogies.

Complete the 4th critical thinking worksheet.

Hour 2

Apply your knowledge (10)

What is the argument?

How is an analogy used to create an argument?

Ice Cream and Cars

Another car commercial with a dog analogy

Mad Men — famous clip has an analogy (5)

You need to know the background.

Critical thinking Activity — Corrleation

Intro (5)

Objective: learn how these terms are different.

  • correlation
  • cause and effect (causation)

Part a. Correlation (5)

A correlation describes how two events change at the same time. A correlation does not say that one thing causes the other thing to happen. Just only how they move together.

Here is an example. Let’s look at the Chicago murder chart.

  1. What are the 2 variables (the two things that change)?
  2. What is the correlation?
  3. Does this chart show causation?
  4. Is this chart true?
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Part b. Correlation Sentence Pattern Practice (15)

You make talk about correlation with a simple sentence pattern. Let’s look at that and practice.

Even More Practice (5)

Look at these correlations. Do they talk about a good cause and effect connection?

Here are some examples:

  • A baseball player does not change his socks when he is hitting the ball very well for many games. He thinks those socks bring him good luck and that luck makes him hit the ball well.
  • In Korea, mothers do not serve seaweed soup for breakfast if a son or daughter has a test on that day.
  • I can’t believe I failed my chemistry test. I knew I should have worn my lucky sweatshirt to the test.

Hour 3

Critical Thinking Exercise Intro (5)

  • Watch a video.
  • Analyse the content.
  • Evaluate the arguments.

Commercial Chevy Volt

Pair Work Tasks (20)

  1. What are the arguments?
  2. Are the arguments presented clearly in the video?
  3. Are there any missing arguments?
  4. How many premises are there?
  5. Using the extra date, do you think the arguments are valid (i.e. true)?

Class Discussion (15)

Let’s think about the advertisement and arguments together.

Extra Notes (2)

These facts by themselves are not very useful for this assignment. You have to create a use for them.

Get the critical thinking notes worksheet here. 

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