Reading and writing are essentially thinking. This site examines the aspects of critical thinking, including rationality, self-awareness, honesty, open-mindedness, discipline, and judgment. While teaching or learning how to think critically is a difficult task, understanding what the components of critical thinking are makes it more likely that we will recognize when we are NOT thinking critically. As students work to develop the skills described here, they will begin to read and write with more discernment, and will be more aware of the ways media, from ads to political rhetoric, seek to persuade them to buy products or positions.
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