Teaching Critical Thinking: Using Seminars for 21st Century Literacy

1st Edition

Laura Billings, Terry Roberts

Published November 14, 2011
Reference - 176 Pages
ISBN 9781596672086 - CAT# Y157062

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Help students meet today’s literacy demands with this new book from Terry Roberts and Laura Billings. The authors show how a seminar approach can lead students deeper into a text and improve their speaking, listening, and writing skills, as recommended by the Common Core State Standards.

Roberts and Billings provide easy-to-follow information on implementing Paideia Seminars, in which students discuss a text and ask open-ended questions about it. When teachers use this lesson format, students are exposed to a wide range of increasingly complex texts. They also learn how to collaborate, talk about, and reflect on what they’re reading, to make meaning independently and together. Seminars can be done in English class and across the curriculum, using social studies documents or math problems as the texts under discussion.

Teaching Critical Thinking also offers an array of practical resources:

  • teacher lesson plans
  • student samples
  • a list of possible ideas and values for discussion
  • a guide to asking good questions during a seminar
  • six full seminar plans (including the texts), covering literature, social studies, and science topics


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