Learn Critical Thinking Skills With Engaging Crime-Solving Scenarios
- Teaches more than 65 critical thinking related skills and concepts.
- Helps improve academic performance across the curriculum.
- Develops essential critical thinking skills with engaging crime-solving scenarios.
- Available as a set or separately as the course book and the answer key
- Awards include 2015 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ Honorable Mention in the Logic Category and Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.
James Madison Critical Thinking
James Madison Critical Thinking Set
The James Madison Critical Thinking Bundle includes one of each of the following:
- Course Book 9781601441454
- Answer Guide 9781601442673
Grades 8 to 12+
James Madison Critical Thinking Course
James Madison Critical Thinking Course teaches more than 65 critical thinking related skills and concepts.
- Interpret and apply complex texts, instructions, illustrations, etc.
- Recognize and clarify issues, claims, arguments, and explanations
- Distinguish: conclusions, premises (reasons), arguments, explanations, assumptions (stated/unstated), issues, claims (statements), suppositions, unstated conclusions, unstated premises and implications
- Recognize ambiguity and unclearness in claims, arguments, and explanations
- Distinguish necessary and sufficient conditions
- Describe the structure or outline of arguments and explanations: confirmation, disconfirmation
- Evaluate whether an inductive argument is strong or weak
- Evaluate claims and arguments in terms of consistency, relevance, support
- Evaluate analogical arguments and inductive generalization arguments in terms of criteria: the greater the number of similarities between the conclusion and the premises regarding the sample, the stronger the argument
- Assess the relevance of claims to other claims, and to questions, descriptions, representations, procedures, information, directives, rules, principles, etc.
- Evaluate whether a deductive argument is valid or invalid (logical form): categorical, truth-functional, and semantic/definitional
- Distinguish supporting, conflicting, compatible, and equivalent claims, arguments, explanations, descriptions, representations, etc.
- Identify and avoid errors in reasoning, informal fallacies: begging the question, equivocation, post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after that, therefore, because of that), false dilemma/false dichotomy fallacy (line drawing fallacy, perfectionist fallacy), smoke screen/red herring/rationalizing, hasty generalization, appeal to ridicule/sarcasm, ad hominem fallacy (personal attack, poisoning the well), appeal to illegitimate authority, loaded question, evidence surrogate, stereotyping , appeal to consequences (favorable or unfavorable), “wishful thinking”, genetic fallacy, biased generalization, anecdotal evidence
- Discern whether pairs of claims are consistent, contrary, contradictory, or paradoxical
- Reproducible by the original purchaser for single-classroom or single family use.
Grades 8 to 12+