Students are asked questions like the following: Who is Corduroy? (Pass around a piece of corduroy.) Why did Corduroy go out into the store? Why did he think it was important to find the button? How important was the missing button to the mother? We do this as a way of showing respect for our nation.
Do you think it was important for him to find the button? (Discuss our country's name.)"And to the republic for which it (the flag) stands." Our country is a republic.
This lesson encourages students to think more critically about things like news reports, advertising and information found online.
Download the lesson Do you question your assumptions?
To remodel lesson plans is to critique one or more lesson plans and formulate one or more new lesson plans based on that critical process. The lessons we reviewed do not fully explain the ideas in the pledge; therefore, students are making a promise they don't understand.
To help teachers generalize from specific remodeling moves, and so facilitate their grasp of strong sense critical thinking and how it can be taught, we have devised a list of teaching strategies. Ideas as important and complex as 'good citizenship' aren't covered in sufficient depth.
Download the lesson Download the teacher's notes This lesson explains what critical thinking is and why it is an important life skill.
It also provides information about how to think critically and gives students the opportunity to put their own critical thinking into practice.
Download the lesson In this article from our life skills examples, Dr Sara Hannam discusses the importance of developing critical thinking skills and how we can teach these skills to university level students in the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) classroom.
Read the article How deeply do you think about information you read or hear?