Critical Reading & Thinking

Day
Objective & Plan
Materials/Docs/Etc. Needed
1
Introduce Unit: Overall objectives
To practice the skills of critical reading and thinking;
Become a community of bloggers who use blogs to read, write, and
think about topics of value.

We've chosen a theme to get us started: Food (Local food, Eating real food, etc.)
We will read a variety of articles on this topic and practice reading for information
skills.

Beyond that, each of you will select a topic that you are personally interested in,
search the Web for credible sources of information that you can use as evidence
in blog posts that you will write.
Docs: 1) What does critical thinking/reading mean? 2) What does a
community of bloggers look like? Why does one want to become part of
a community of bloggers.
2
Fact versus Opinion. What does this mean? How can you tell?
Fact versus Opinion lesson.
3
Take food habits survey. Begin watching Food, Inc.
Dialectic notes organizer. Follow up questions list.
4
Continue film

5
Finish film; Answer questions prior to discussion.

6
Discuss film; hand in questions.

7
Write a blog post about the film, using questions as the basis for the post.

8
Get first article and read, looking for fact vs. opinion. Discuss the ideas.

9
Get second article and read, using SOAPSTone chart. Discuss the ideas.