An excellent companion text for high school and college classes focusing on critical thinking and persuasive writing, Anthem Critical Thinking and Writing Skills: An Introductory Guide offers a clear, easy-to-follow introduction to the concepts of informal thinking and the formal processes of induction, deduction and syllogistic reasoning.
By following the book's step-by-step process, students will learn how to form a proposition, identify issues, gather evidence and process an argument. The guide begins by using logic games, puzzles and real-life examples to engage students in thinking about how we evaluate, analyze and make decisions. before advancing to a more formal look at induction and deduction and challenging students to practice higher-level thinking skills - such as the use of analogies for evaluation and working through syllogisms to process ideas. Finally, the book then draws together the concepts discussed to offer comprehensive advice on how to apply this knowledge, and provides guidance on how to write a formal, persuasive, and logically assured assessment paper.
With its clear, engaging and easy-to-process format. Anthem Critical Thinking and Writing Skills: An Introductory Guide is the perfect companion for any "beginner logician'' looking to master the foundations of critical thinking. And is ideal for Any student or general reader seeking to heighten their persuasive skills.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Critical Thinking; Chapter 2. What Is Argument?; Chapter 3. Research and Gathering Evidence; Chapter 4. Inductive Reasoning; Chapter 5. Deductive Reasoning; Chapter 6. Errors in Reasoning: The Classical Fallacies; Chapter 7. Reasoning through the Ages; Chapter 8. Putting It All Together: A Research Project; Appendix 1. Answers for Practice Exercises and Chapter Reviews; Appendix 2. Logic Test; Appendix 3. Answers to Logic Test; Appendix 4. Persuasive Research Paper Rubric; Index