Thinking for Yourself Developing Critical Thinking Skills Through Reading and Writing

ISBN-10: 141301772X

ISBN-13: 9781413017724

Edition: 7th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Marlys Mayfield

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Focusing on the teaching of thinking through writing, the Seventh Edition of Mayfield's Thinking for Yourself provides students with new high-interest readings, cartoons, and Internet research exercises. Clarity of exposition, interesting (and provocative) readings, cartoons, and the application of acquired thinking skills in writing have remained hallmark features of the book. The edition has been upgraded to feature a two-color design and a new, robust web site.
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Book details

List price: $170.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cengage Heinle
Publication date: 2/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Learning How You Think
Discovery Exercise
Experiencing How We Actually Think: An Exercise for the Whole Class to Complete Together
Learning from Sharing How We Think
What Is Critical Thinking? Comparisons to Creative Thinking
Diagram: Different Functions of Left and Right Brain
Why Learn Critical Thinking? The Habits of Critical Thinking
Box: Habits of a Critical Thinker
Box: The values of Critical Thinking
Chart: The Composition Sequence
Basics of Critical Thinking
Observation Skills: What''s Out There? Discovery Exercises
Comparing Our Perceptions
What Is Observing? Observing a Cube
Observation and Insight
Using Observation Skills to Develop New Knowledge Reading
Look at Your Fish, by Samuel H
Scudder
Core Discovery Writing Application
Observing the Familiar: Vegetables and Fruit
Evaluating Your Work by Using the Scoring Boxes
Alternate Core Discovery Writing Application
Observing the Unfamiliar: A Tool
The Observation Process: Sensing, Perceiving, Thinking
Barriers to Observation
How Discomfort Leads Us to Think
Diagram: A Choice for Thinking
The Rewards of Skilled Observation
Building Arguments
Observation Skills
Reading
The Innocent Eye, by Dorr Bothwell
Chapter Summary
Chapter Quiz
Composition Writing Application
Survival as a Result of Observing: A Descriptive Narrative Essay
Reading
Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
Optional Internet Research Assignment
Word Precision: How Do I Describe It? Discovery Exercise
Words Matching Senses
Reading
On Finding the Right Word
Discovery Exercise
Sorting Out Confusion about Dictionaries
How Well Do You Use Your Dictionary? Clear Thinking Depends on Clear Word Definitions
What Makes a Definition? Diagram: Definition Boundaries
Exercise
Word Boundaries
Kinds of Definitions
The Connotations of Words
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The Importance of Defining Key Ideas
Word Concepts
Defining Reality
Defining Truth
What Is Critical Reading? Building Arguments
Word Choices
Chapter Summary
Chapter Quiz
Composition Writing Application
A Short Essay of Definition
Box: Clustering
Readings
Modern Slavery by Kevin Bales
Fighting for Our Lives, by Deborah Tannen
Saved, by Malcolm X
Advanced Optional Writing Assignment
Optional Internet Research Assignment
Facts: What''s Real? Discovery Exercises
Beginning with the Word Fact
Learning to Recognize Facts
Verifying Facts
Facts and Reality
Facts Are Not Absolutes
Discerning Facts from Fiction
Feelings Can Be Facts
Facts and Social Pressure
Diagram: Standard and Comparison Lines in the Asch Experiment
Facts and Our Limited Senses
Reading
The Blind Men and the Elephant
Statements of Fact
Core Discovery Writing Application
Using a List of Facts to Describe a Photograph
Standards We Use to Determine Facts
Chapter Summary
Chapter Quiz
Contents vii
Composition Writing Application
Writing a Short Fact-Finding Report
Reading
The Accident and Aftermath, by Hayden Herrera
Advanced Optional Writing Assignment
Language and Personal Power
Readings
Lies My Teacher Told Me
Loewen
Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser
Building Arguments
Facts
Optional Internet Research Assignment
Inferences: What Follows? Discovery Exercise
Recognizing Inferential Thinking
Understanding the Words Infer and Inference
Discovery Exercises
Drawing Inferences from Evidence
Drawing Inferences from Facts
Distinguishing Inferences from Facts
How Inferences Can Go Right and Wrong
Reading
A Study in Scarlett, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Drawing Inferences from Careful Observation
Core Discovery Writing Application
Using Facts and Inferences to Describe a Photograph
Generalizations Are Inferences
Composition Writing Application
Writing a Paragraph from Facts, Inferences, and Generalizations
Core Discovery Writing Application
Analyzing the Use of Facts and Inferences in a Newspaper Article
Reading
Tougher Grading
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