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Put on your thinking hat! A creative approach to argument analysis. Candice Benjes -Small, Erin Berman, & Susan Van Patten Radford University. Argument Analysis. Critical thinking essential for college GRE Evaluating arguments is difficult for students. Our Thinking Hats.

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Candice benjes small erin berman susan van patten radford university

Put on your thinking hat! A creative approach to argument analysis

Candice Benjes-Small, Erin Berman, & Susan Van PattenRadford University


Argument analysis

Argument Analysis

  • Critical thinking essential for college

    • GRE

  • Evaluating arguments is difficult for students


Our thinking hats

Our Thinking Hats

  • Pink: Summarize the argument

  • Black: What are the weaknesses?

  • Green: What are the strengths?

  • Red: What is your personal, emotional reaction?

  • Blue: Who is the audience? Who benefits and who doesn’t?


Sample argument

Sample argument

"[D]on’t drink milk for health. I am convinced on the weight of the scientific evidence that it does not 'do a body good.' Inclusion of milk will only reduce your diet’s nutritional value and safety. Most of the people on this planet live very healthfully without cows’ milk. You can too."

Robert M. Kradjian, MD


Article critique

Article Critique

Dr. Kradjian’s argument is bad. I like drinking milk and I am healthy. Furthermore, in our county we have many dairy farmers who make a living from selling milk. It is important to our economy that we support the farmers.


Making your hat

Making your hat

  • Start with paper skinny side up (portrait)

  • Fold paper in half, horizontally


Making your hat1

Making your hat

  • Fold again vertically (quarters)

  • Open up the paperso the crease is in the middle


Making your hat2

Making your hat

  • Fold down the left corner to the middle crease


Making your hat3

Making your hat

  • Fold down right corner, leaving an edge at the bottom


Making your hat4

Making your hat

  • Fold up one of the bottom edges


Making your hat5

Making your hat

  • Flip the hat over and fold up the second edge


Making your hat6

Making your hat

  • Open up the bottom and put on your thinking hat!


Candice benjes small erin berman susan van patten radford university

"Dear Mrs X,I have been informed that you are now my advisor and i sure hope you are better than those people this summer.  I need to meet with you asap to fix my schedule as it is not in my interests to take classes before 11 am.  those others this summer said that there were no seats in the classes i close number one at the later hours but for my success i am hoping you can make room.  I am availabe to meet any time after 8pm tonight or at noon tomorrow.-StudentPS oh and i wondered if you could do something about the parking situation with my dorm too.  we will raise that issue when we meet"


Candice benjes small erin berman susan van patten radford university

  • Hey, Susan – Play that video now

  • http://youtu.be/98nNpzE6gIs


Methods

Methods

  • Discussion boards

  • Group work

  • Scaffolding to the argument analysis

  • Peer speech analysis


Successes

Successes

  • Acknowledged emotional response but then isolated it

  • Encouraged students to explore different aspects of argument

  • Developed deeper level of evaluation and reflection


Questions

Questions?


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