Introduction to Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is an important skill that helps you make informed, thought-through decisions and
Explain the term critical thinking.
Give reasons and examples to explain crit
Arguments, Premises, Conclusions
The word argument is commonly used in many contexts in popular parlance, but the word has a
specific meaning in critical thinking.
Recognize a statement.
Define an argument and explain the st
You have learned that the relationship between the premises and the conclusion determines the type
of argument. You hear and read arguments everywhere. Some arguments are strong, sound, and
convincing. Others contain
Every day, you make many decisions. These decisions are based on research, comparison, and analysis of
information. You have learned to recognize arguments you may encounter and to analyze these arguments to
We have learned that while some arguments are strong and sound, others have errors in reasoning
called logical fallacies. The first logical fallacy we learned about was the fallacy of relevance. In this
lesson, we wil
In this week, you will learn about deductive and inductive arguments. You will also learn to distinguish
between the two.
Differentiate between deductive and inductive arguments.
Apply the four tests for
Analyzing and Completing Arguments
The focus this week is on analyzing and completing arguments.
Review the structure of arguments to demonstrate ability to identify premises and conclusions.
Demonstrate how to identify mi
How many electoral votes does the state in which you reside get?
Your states are entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional
delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your senators