Subject: Critical Thinking
1. Topic-
The Nature of Thought: What is Your Thought Process?
2. Content-
Students create and present a power point reflecting their thought process and barriers to achieving improved critical thinking skills.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking

2.Demonstrate an understanding of personal barriers or enculturation

3.Demonstrate core grammar skills
4. Objectives-
1.Explore and identify personal barriers to learning

2.Identify 1-3 ways to improve critical thinking skills

3.Improved writing and grammar
5. Materials and Aids-
-Internet access
-Microsoft Power Point application
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Provide each student a power point template. Students are welcome to personalize and add graphics or sound to enhance their presentation

2. Discuss aspects of critical thinking, personal barriers to learning, and ways in which enculturation influences the way people view the world, each other, and the thought process.

3.Discuss the power of English and ask each student to identify their top three favorite words and explain why

4. Ask students to include these words in power point presentation

B. Development-

1.Share my own power point with students to ensure they understand the concepts of critical thinking, personal barriers, and enculturation

2.Ask clarifying questions to ensure students understand and are ready to move forward with the lesson


C. Practice-

1.Students have class time allocated for questions

2.Students have computer lab time allocated for research prior to creating power point presentation

3.Students have lab time allocated for creating power point presentation

4. Students have class time allocated to board and discuss their top three favorite words

D. Independent Practice-

1.Students are required to work on this assignment for a minimum of three hours each week outside of the classroom

2. Students must login in to the classroom site and provide updates once per week to meet online communication requirement

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1.Regular Education Students: Fulfill classroom and online requirements as listed.
2.Special Education Students: Extra lab time (in place of independent practice) using Microsoft assistive technology capabilities students with hearing or vision impairments (narrator and magnifier functions)

3.TAG Students: Access to accelerated and enriched power point interactive content, and access to the after school Catalyst Program with advanced research opportunities

F. Checking for understanding-

1.Assess student research skills

2.Assess student grammar and writing skills

3. Assess student understanding of critical thinking process

4. Ensure weekly online check in occurs

5. Ensure weekly lab work occurs

G. Closure-

1.Students submit a first draft of power point presentation one week prior to due date

2.Students receive feedback and suggestions for improvement four days prior to due date

3. Students turn in final draft of power point on assigned due date

4.Students present power point to class on assigned date
7. Evaluation-
Students are evaluated on:
-lab time completed
-classroom interaction
-online check in completed
-first draft due date met
-final draft due date met
-presentation due date met
8. Teacher Reflection-
1. Identify areas where students excelled and replicate in future lessons

2. Identify areas where students faltered or failed and discuss these areas with peers to gain insight on improving outcomes for future lessons

3.Request student feedback via class survey

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