Quick Coach Guide for Chaffee/McMahon/Stout's Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing: A Rhetoric with Readings

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-02
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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Part of the Quick Coach series, this brief, supplemental text provides in-depth coverage of critical thinking. Topics include an overview of the subject; coverage of constructing and evaluating arguments; and strategies for thinking critically about the media, visuals, research, and the Internet. Numerous activities and case studies in each chapter present opportunities for additional practice and review.Ideal for instructors who wish to supplement their primary text or focus on critical-thinking skills, Quick Coach Guide to Critical Thinking can be packaged at no additional cost with any Houghton Mifflin text or purchased separately for a minimal cost.

Table of Contents

What Is Critical Thinking? Definition
Active vs. Passive Thinking
Fact vs. Opinion
Believing vs. Knowing
Reasons and Evidence
Basics of Critical Thinking
Asking Questions
Listening to a Variety of Perspectives
Judging Credibility
Evaluating Evidence
Responding Purposefully
Defining the Problem
Discovering Alternatives
Pros and Cons of alternatives
Proposing a Solution
Evaluating a Solution
Constructing Critical Arguments
Points of View
Types of Claims
Personal Taste vs. Critical Opinion
Providing Reasons
The Three Classical Appeals
Rebuttal: How to Respond to Opposing Views
Qualifying: Avoiding Absolute Statements
Formal Logic
The Fallacies
Evaluating Arguments Other Than Your Own a.) Perspectives and Perceptions/ Examining the Bias, Yours and the Author's
Researching the Background (Exigence)
Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation/Issue, Arguer, Audience
Evaluating the Claim
Evaluating Supporting Evidence
Examining the Conclusion
Applying Critical Thinking
Thinking Critically about the Media
Thinking Critically about Visuals
Thinking Critically about Research
Thinking Critically about the Internet
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