Reading to Think Lesson R1: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

READ:

Watch this video and take notes while you watch:

HINT: Take notes on how to think when you are reading and writing.  Review these notes as a way to prepare for reading and for writing, each time that you get ready to read or write!  

Watch this video and take notes while you watch:

HINT: Take notes on how to think when you are reading and writing.  Review these notes as a way to prepare for reading and for writing, each time that you get ready to read or write!


NOTES

FEELINGS
— Not supported by facts
— Not supported by logic
— Spontaneous
— Important because they make us who and what we are
— Feed our intuition

Samples of using this concept correctly in a sentence:
— I feel that my faith is important to me.
— I feel that my thinking is strong.
— I feel that my life is good.
— I feel that my life sucks.
— I believe that I can find support for these feelings. If I find proof that these feelings are suggestive of a reality, then I can argue what I think.

BELIEFS
— Supported by our feelings
— Supported by our experiences
— Supported by our intuition
— Supported by instruction and discipline
— Supported by rebellion
— Supported by conformity

Samples of using this concept correctly in a sentence:
— I believe that I have a right to my feelings.
— I believe in myself. I don’t believe in you.
— I believe in you. I don’t believe in myself.
— I believe in God. I believe in Allah.
— I don’t believe in any sort of deity.
— I believe that I can find support for these beliefs. If I find proof that these beliefs are suggestive of a reality, then I can argue what I think.

THOUGHTS
— Good Reason and Logic
— Bad Reason and Logic
— Analysis
— Evaluation
— Synthesis
— Data
— Support Opinions (along with beliefs & feelings)
— Support Arguments (without beliefs and feelings)

Samples of using this concept correctly in a sentence:
— I think; therefore, I am.*
— I think I can; I believe in myself.
— I think that I believe in love.
— I think that I can find support for these thoughts. If I find proof that these thoughts are suggestive of a reality, then I can argue what I think.