EDIS STUDY GUIDE Part III - nothing as if it’s something....

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EDIS STUDY GUIDE Part III CRITICAL THINKING RICHARD PAUL AND LINDA ELDER CHAPTER 7 Writing 1. Describe a skilled writer: -A skilled writer doesn’t just sit down and write. He will have a goal, purpose, or objective. They have the  ability to adapt their writing based on the situation.  - write analytically and creatively  -does not write impressionistically (free of bias, judgment, etc.) -Has inner dialogue: Did I state point clearly? Have I explained main point? Given examples? Included  metaphors? -internalize what you’re writing about 2. What are two important questions to ask when writing something? - Is what I have to write about worth it? - What do I have that’s significant about it? 3. Describe a critical thinker’s way of writing: -clear, accurate, precise, relevant, has depth, breadth, logical, significant, and fair. 4. Describe a nonsubstantive writer: -Writes rhetorically (sophist and self-delusion). Emphasis is on style and ideas on the surface. Talk about 
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Unformatted text preview: nothing as if it’s something. 5. What are the elements and standards of thought? STANDARDS OF CRITICAL THINKERS Clarity Precision Accuracy Significance Relevance Completeness Logic Fairness Breadth Depth ELEMENTS OF CRITICAL THINKERS Purpose Inferences Question Concepts Point of View Implications Information Assumptions These parts allow for analysis and evaluation of what we write and read. Keypoints: Best thinkers recognize that all knowledge is systematic, not fragmented. They see knowledge and understanding as tools of learning, not as objects to memorize. They also recognize that by learning foundational ideas they can more easily learn all the ideas that derive from them. They connect the core primary ideas with secondary and peripheral ideas. Writing is a way of learning....
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