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24 Fun High-Interest CRITICAL THINKING lessons.
- CHAT GPT,
- FAKE NEWS,
- POINT OF VIEW,
- and SOCIAL MEDIA vs TRADITIONAL NEWS (Mainstream Media).
Detailed lesson plan with discussion points, review questions, slideshow lesson, handouts, and activities!
- NEW! CHAT GPT UPDATE -
2023-04-26 CRITICAL THINKING UPDATE:
I just added a NO PREP critical thinking debate lesson (3-4 hours)
- Use the Virtual Support Teacher to lead your class into a debate: Should Chat GPT be allowed in schools (or is this cheating?)
- The video provides all of the information students need to make an informed decision. There's a SHORTER version video that asks you to pause for class discussions. There's also a LONG version video that explains to students how to use the handouts.
- Chat GPT Worksheets are available for $1 here. (The Chat GPT resource is also included in this critical thinking bundle.)
- Please note - the ChatGPT lesson currently only includes the Virtual Support Teacher video and worksheets. It does not include a lesson plan, slideshow, or answer key. That's because this ChatGPT lesson is an experiment. If there is enough feedback that I'm heading in the right direction, I will continue to develop more critical thinking lessons like this. Please leave a review about the Chat GPT lesson here and let me know how the lesson went!
2023-05-02 CRITICAL THINKING UPDATE:
Chat GPT has completely changed education.
If your students aren't already using ChatGPT or another AI tool to "help" them with their homework or learning, they will soon enough.
- Lots of teachers are looking for a lesson plan to explore academic integrity and plagiarism.
- This Chat GPT lesson goes a step further by exploring both sides of the Chat GPT debate.
- It presents Chat GPT as an opportunity for students to take ownership of their learning, self-motivation, and self-management.
The NO PREP ChatGPT critical thinking video lesson explores how:
- Chat GPT can be used to summarize a text or reading passage.
- Chat GPT can be used for a creative writing assignment, including producing multiple drafts and incorporating personal details.
- Chat GPT is a free tool that can be used by people around the world. Cost of living differs greatly between countries, so digital nomads and people in countries with lower cost of living can take advantage and outcompete people
- Chat GPT is part of the evolution of learning tools - from encyclopedias, Google search, and now Artificial Intelligence
- Calculators can give us the wrong answer (due to human error.)
- Google Search can give us the wrong answer (because it has learned how to be sexist based on human searches.)
- Our robot friend, Chat GPT, can learn to be sexist or discriminate as well.
The Critical Thinking Bundle is a life-long tool that you can use over and over again!
- REBOOT YOUR CLASS! Make it to the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!
- Use these lessons at the start of a new unit, semester, or school year to GET YOUR CLASS EXCITED about analyzing, evaluating, and questioning.
- WHEN SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS - when students get caught up in sensational news stories, viral videos, or hot-topic controversial issues.
- BEFORE persuasive writing or research projects - there's more to POINT OF VIEW than just identifying the point of view.
- Leave detailed lesson plans for a substitute teacher.
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EXPLORE aspects of identity (i.e. race, gender) to help students identify potential bias.
ENCOURAGE a GROWTH MINDSET Critical Thinking strategy-based approach.
TEACH students how to make informed opinions about things we find out on social media, the news, family, and friends.
APPLY what they learn by asking students which groups of people are invisible.
CHALLENGE students to figure out if I cheated in this online gift card giveaway.
DEVELOP social-emotional learning skills by exploring Chat GPT as a learning tool or cheating tool.
⭐ Please watch this screen-recording video. It shows you how to find the files once you purchase this bundle
If you need help finding a specific lesson, please email me at Mike@educircles.org
I am happy to make a custom screen-recording video like this one to help you find what you need!
⭐ Version 2021-11-08 UPDATE: This product has been completely reorganized to make it easier to use.
The new way uses the TpT Digital Download product format. (You download a ZIP folder for each product.)
- SECTION A: Lost at Sea - updated!
- SECTION B: Thinking about Thinking - updated!
- SECTION C: Search Engine Bias Experiment - updated!
- SECTION D: Fake News - updated!
- SECTION E: Videos - updated!
- SECTION F: Consolidation/Review - updated!
The old way used the TpT Google Drive product type format. (TpT copies the files into your Google Drive account.)
- The TpT Google Drive product type is really confusing when it's put into a TpT bundle. (The big green download button doesn't download the Google Drive products.)
- Also, TpT only allows 30 files in a Google Drive folder, so I had to be creative in how I grouped the files: (i.e. Folder 1, Folder 2, Folder 3, Folder 4, Folder 5)
- If you have any questions, please email me at Mike@educircles.org
Critical Thinking is especially important today with new information and misinformation constantly coming to us.
We also need to think logically and critically about emotionally charged topics like racism and ChatGPT.
Do we have the courage to look at what we're doing and ask ourselves if some groups of people benefit more than others? Are some groups of people invisible?
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- "I love these presentations and the activities to keep students engaged. I'm using this with both in-person and online students. Super easy to assign work online due to the way the resources are organized. The class I am using this with is a "current events" class but I wanted to first focus on how to think critically before jumping into actual events happening in the world. This is a fantastic way to get them thinking before learning all about our media and how to analyze the content they read."
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⭐ SEP 26, 2021 Version 2.8 UPDATE:
There are a lot of files in this product. It can be confusing.
Look at the lesson plans for FREE here in FOLDER 5.
NEW! When you buy the main 6Cs CRITICAL THINKING UNIT product, you get a FILE TABLE of CONTENTS (PDF).
- It has "one-click copy links" to help you quickly find each file you need for a lesson.
- It has a tutorial video showing you how to use the "one-click copy links"
If you have any questions, please email me at Mike@educircles.org
⭐ Please look at the PREVIEW pdf. It shows you everything you get!
- ▶️ This product contains many files. Please watch this 2 min video explaining HOW I ORGANIZE FILES in Google Drive
This package does not contain any information, examples, or language specifically about the Coronavirus pandemic or systemic racism.
And, that's a good thing because that makes this lesson package timeless. You can use this lesson today within the context of Covid-19 or systemic racism, or you can use it in the future when the next obstacle appears (like ChatGPT).
There are over 5 weeks of lessons to do with your class to learn about criteria-based thinking, being open-minded, and making informed decisions.
✅ The slideshow lesson teaches the concepts.
✅ You can EDIT THE FILES to fit your classroom needs.
The slideshow lesson is designed for:
- DISTANCE LEARNING / REMOTE LEARNING or BLENDED 1:1 LEARNING in Google Classroom
- FACE to FACE LEARNING in your real classroom
QUICK START GUIDE OPTION 1: FACE to FACE (F2F) In-Person Learning
Teach using the Google Slideshow (FILE 3) - all of the slides are in this file
- NOTE: The full slideshow has 542 slides so it may load slowly on your computer.
If you find that happens, please use one of the following smaller files which focuses on the section you are teaching:
- ---FILE 3a Lesson A slideshow (slides 1-80) Lost at Sea
- ---FILE 3b Lesson B slideshow (slides 81-189) Thinking about Thinking
- ---FILE 3c Lesson C slideshow (slides 190-306) Search Bubbles
- ---FILE 3d Lesson D slideshow (307-492) Fake News
- ---FILE 3e Lesson E slideshow (493-520) Videos
- ---FILE 3f Lesson F slideshow (521-542) Understand / Review
Lesson Plan (File 2b) identifies which slides and handouts you need for each lesson.
- Note: some lessons may need to be adapted depending on your specific classroom physical distancing rules. If you have any questions, please ask before purchasing this unit.
QUICK START GUIDE OPTION 2: DISTANCE LEARNING / REMOTE LEARNING / BLENDED 1:1 GOOGLE CLASSROOM online learning
Create the following assignments in your Google Classroom
SECTION A: LOST AT SEA
Note: Doing this group work activity completely online will require modification. The easiest way is to convert it into an independent online activity done during a virtual classroom meeting.
- FYI: The answers to this task are readily available on the internet.
- You could have students do this logic puzzle character building task first to help them understand the point of learning is to struggle and develop skills to independently get the answers… rather than just searching on the internet for the answer.
- The teacher could conduct a virtual class meeting and walk students through the slideshow using File 3a Lesson A which has slides for both lesson A1 and lesson A2
- As the teacher explains each item on the boat, students record their initial thoughts in their handout File 5a
- Skip the group work and go directly to discussing criteria based decision making.
- Explain the criteria used by the experts, and then have students try again (independently) to rank the items on the boat in their handout File 5a
- Finally, the teacher would reveal the correct answers in the slideshow, and students would see whether criteria helped them make informed decisions - why or why not?
Assignment #1: Lesson A1. Part 1 Introduction / Lost at Sea
- Slideshow File 3a Lesson A1 (Student can view file)
- Lost at Sea Survival Criteria handouts File 5a (Make a copy for each student)
- Lesson review File 4a Review - Lesson A1 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #2: Lesson A2. Lost at Sea continued
- Slideshow File 3a Lesson A2 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review File 4a Review - Lesson A2 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #3: Double Entry Journal (optional)
- Double Entry Journal handouts File 5b (Make a copy for each student)
- Students just add to this file whenever they are thinking of strategies to trick people or to think more critically
SECTION B: Thinking about thinking
Assignment #4: Lesson B1. Thinking about thinking - Invisible Gorilla
- Slideshow File 3b Lesson B1 (Student can view file)
- Thinking about Thinking handouts File 5c (Make a copy for each student)
- Lesson review File 4b Review - Lesson B1 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #5: Lesson B2. Thinking about thinking - The Invisible lens
- Slideshow File 3b Lesson B2 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review File 4b Review - Lesson B2 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #6: Lesson B3. Thinking about thinking - Aspects of Identity (brainstorming groups)
- Slideshow File 3b Lesson B3 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review File 4b Review - Lesson B3 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #7: Lesson B4. Thinking about thinking - Aspects of Identity (continued)
- Slideshow File 3b Lesson B4 (Student can view file)
- Brainstorming handout (File 5d - Google Classroom) (Make a copy for each student)
- ---There are 2 variations with different amounts of sticky notes. Choose the one that works for your class.
- Lesson review File 4b Review - Lesson B4 (Make a copy for each student)
SECTION C: Search Bubbles
Assignment #8: Lesson C1. Sources of information
- Slideshow File 3c Lesson C1 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review File 4c Review - Lesson C1 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #9: Lesson C2. Online dictionary experiment
- Slideshow File 3c Lesson C2 (Student can view file)
- Dictionary experiment handout (File 5e) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #10: Lesson C3. Online dictionary experiment (continued)
- Slideshow File 3c Lesson C3 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4c Review - Lesson C2 / C3) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #11: Lesson C4. Understanding Search Engine Results Pages
- Slideshow File 3c Lesson C4 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4c Review - Lesson C4) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #12: Search Engine Experiment
- Search Engine experiment handout File 5f (Make a copy for each student)
- Students need access to this file as they learn about Search Engine Results Pages (Lesson C4, and C5)
- In Lesson C6, students do the experiment in this document and hand it in.
Assignment #13: Lesson C5.Understanding SERPs (continued)
- Slideshow File 3c Lesson C5 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4c Review - Lesson C5) (Make a copy for each student)
Lesson C6. Search Engine work period
- Students work in Assignment #12 where they already have a search engine experiment handout.
- Attach slideshow to assignment #12 above File 3c Lesson C6 (Student can view file)
Assignment #14: Lesson C7. Search Engine Experiment (discussion)
- Slideshow File 3c Lesson C7 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4c Review - Lesson C6 / C7) (Make a copy for each student)
SECTION D: Fake News
Assignment #15: Lesson D1. Fake News - Thinking about fake news
- Slideshow File 3d Lesson D1 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4d Review - Lesson D1) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #16: Lesson D2. Money and Fake News (points of view)
- Slideshow File 3d Lesson D2 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4d Review - Lesson D2) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #17: Lesson D3. Money and Fake News (continued)
- Slideshow File 3d Lesson D3 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4d Review - Lesson D3) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #18: Lesson D4. Fake News - Local News and Viral Remixes
- Slideshow File 3d Lesson D4 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4d Review - Lesson D4) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #19: Lesson D5. Fake News - How did people respond?
- Slideshow File 3d Lesson D5 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4d Review - Lesson D5) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #20: Lesson D6. Fake News - What happened next?
- Slideshow File 3d Lesson D6 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4d Review - Lesson D6) (Make a copy for each student)
SECTION E: Videos
Assignment #21: Lesson E1. Video 1 / Video 2
- Link to video 1: 12 cognitive biases explained
- Link to video 2: Beware online filter bubbles
- Slideshow File 3e Lesson E1 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4e Review - Lesson E1) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #22: Lesson E2. Video 3
- Link to video 3: What does my headscarf mean to you?
- Slideshow File 3e Lesson E2 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4e Review - Lesson E2) (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #23: Lesson E3. Video 4
- Link to video 4: Five tips to improve critical thinking
- Slideshow File 3e Lesson E3 (Student can view file)
- Lesson review (File 4e Review - Lesson E3) (Make a copy for each student)
SECTION F: Vocabulary / Review
Assignment #24: Lesson F1 Vocabulary builder
- Slideshow File 3e Lesson F1 (Student can view file)
- Vocabulary Builder handout File 6 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #25: Lesson F2 Student Self Assessment / Chapter Review
- Slideshow File 3e Lesson F2 (Student can view file)
- Class set of self-evaluation (File 7) (Make a copy for each student)
- Class set of chapter review (File 8a) (Make a copy for each student)
Teach your students about Fake News and Points of View using high interest topics like making money online and how the internet and search engines work.
Our students need to form opinions based on high-quality information. We do this by seeking out opposing points of view to make an informed decision.
- Use criteria
- Be full minded
- Be open minded
Students are often told to find different points of view on an issue or in a story. But, students don't always recognize that simply identifying the missing point of view is not the same as figuring out what that missing point of view would be.
This lesson package helps students to recognize different aspects of their identity, points of view that might be different from theirs, and the need to figure out those viewpoints to help us make an informed decision.
I spent hundreds of hours of research and lesson development in this product so you wouldn't have to. You will have to spend a little bit of time going through the slides and handouts to tweak it to fit your specific needs.
I have included a Google slideshow that includes all 542 slides in the unit.
To make this lesson package easier to use, I have also split up the slideshow into six smaller slideshows for each mini unit.
Slides 1 – 542: ALL
- Slides 1– 80: Lost at Sea
- Slides 81 – 189: Thinking about Thinking
- Slides 190 – 306: Search Bubbles
- slides 307 – 492: Fake News
- slides 493 – 520: Videos
- slides 521 – 542: Understanding
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Should ChatGPT be allowed in schools? (or is this cheating?)
ARE YOU (or your students) BURNING OUT?
What do your students struggle with the most?
(PS - These are lifelong resources that you can use year after year.)
✅ Option 1: Trying (when they've given up)
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✅ Option 4: Getting their point across (when upset and things matter)
- - Try this COMMUNICATION boost
✅ Option 5: Coming up with ideas (instead of copying others)
- - Try this CREATIVITY Boost
✅ Option 6: Thinking logically (and making informed decisions)
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YOU GET 5 WEEKS (24 days) of lessons to do with your class to help them think more critically by using strategies: USE CRITERIA, BE OPEN MINDED, BE FULL MINDED.
- 543 slides in GOOGLE SLIDE format
- Detailed LONG RANGE PLAN PDF for 24 DIFFERENT lessons
- LOST at SEA activity (CRITERIA-BASED thinking)
- THINKING about THINKING activity (The invisible gorilla, The invisible lens, Aspects of Identity)
- Should SEARCH ENGINES give us the same results? (filter bubbles)
- Fake News activity: BREAKING NEWS on social media
- Fake News activity: The MONEY behind FAKE NEWS (How websites make money and how this affected FAKE NEWS in the US election.)
- Fake News activity: LOCAL NEWS and the Sinclair script from 6 different POINTS of VIEW. (Sinclair Broadcast Group Sinclair made local news anchors recite the same script, word for word. Check out this video.)
- Vocabulary Building Graphic Organizer HANDOUT
- Critical Thinking Learning Skills SELF-EVALUATION handout
- Critical Thinking Review Assessment - What did you learn? (12 short answer questions and answer key)
If you want to teach CRITICAL THINKING, you just saved an incredible amount of prep work!
24 DAYS of Lessons in 5 WEEKS.
PART 1. EXPERIENCE
- DAY/LESSON 1 - Introduction / Lost at Sea (slides 1-35) - 45 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 2 - Lost at Sea continued (slides 36-80) - 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 3 - Thinking about Thinking (slides 81-102) 45 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 4 - Thinking about Thinking cont (slides 103-145) 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 5 - Thinking about Thinking cont (slides 146-170) 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 6 - Thinking about Thinking cont (slides 171-189) 45 MINUTES
- DAY/LESSON 7 - Sources of Information (slides 190-225) 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 8 - Online dictionary experiment (slides 226-233) 45 MINUTES
- DAY/LESSON 9 - Online dictionary experiment cont (slides 234-236) 40 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 10 - Search engine experiment (slides 237-276) 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 11 - Search engine experiment cont (slides 277-302) 45 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 12 - Search engine experiment cont (slides 303) 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 13 - Search engine experiment cont (slides 304-306) 40 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 14 - Fake News (slides 307-334) 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 15 - Fake News continued (slides 335-363) 45 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 16 - Fake News continued (slides 364-398) 55 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 17 - Fake News continued (slides 399-430) 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 18 - Fake News continued (slides 431-455) - 45 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 19 - Fake News continued (slides 456-492) - 50 MIN
PART 2. WATCH
- DAY/LESSON 20 - Part 2 Videos (slides 493-500) - 55 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 21 - Part 2 Videos continued (slides 501-509) - 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 22 - Part 2 Videos continued (slides 510-520) - 50 MIN
Part 3 UNDERSTAND
- DAY/LESSON 23 - Vocabulary Builder (slides 521-537) - 50 MIN
- DAY/LESSON 24 - Self Evaluation / Review - (slides 538-542) - 50 MIN
This is the good stuff. Check out the preview PDF to see everything that you're getting.
HEADS UP: YOU MAY WANT TO MODIFY SLIDES FOR YOUR SCHOOL REALITY
Everyone has a different school reality. Some of the examples we use in this resource may not be appropriate for all grades, school climates, and classroom realities.
We tried to come up with different examples from various perspectives, but of course, we are human and have an unconscious bias as well.
PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS. THIS IS A FANTASTIC HIGH-INTEREST CRITICAL THINKING UNIT.
Here are a few of the slides that we wanted to give you a heads-up about. There may be other slides that you may want to modify. We suggest going through the material to make sure everything fits your needs.
- Slide 170 looks at various protected grounds in Canada as a way to help students brainstorm different groups of people. The slide discusses race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, marital status, family status, disability, genetic characteristics and convictions for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended.
- Slide 180 looks at possible answers for different aspects of identity. The slide lists: socio-economic status, nationality, language, colour, age, religion, orientation, gender, race, ability, and culture.
- Slide 320-323: Wikileaks release of alleged CIA documents showing CIA covert hacking program to listen through SMART TVs and other devices
- Slide 324-331: Death of Osama bin Laden which was reported on Twitter first.
- Slide 459: The title of article is “We’re journalists at a Sinclair news station. We’re pissed.”
- Slide 481: The title of article is “How I made a dumb video making fun of Sinclair Broadcasting and somehow started a media war”.
NOTE: YOU CAN MODIFY, DELETE, and EDIT ALL of the lessons, handouts, and presentations SO YOU CAN CHANGE THINGS FOR YOUR CLASS.
NOTE: THIS LESSON IS PART OF A LARGER BUNDLE about Exploring the Six Cs / 21st Century Skills / Competencies
Each Chapter package focuses on a different “C” and contains different lessons, slides, videos, and handouts. Although we use the same structure in each chapter (activity, video, vocabulary building), there is no overlap of content between the 6 Cs Chapters.
- Unit Overview
- Introduction: Fun Activities & Ice Breakers (21st Century Skills)
- Chapter 1. A week of Character
- Chapter 2. A week of Citizenship
- Chapter 3. A week of Collaboration
- Chapter 4. 2 weeks of Communication
- Chapter 5. 2 weeks of Creativity/Innovation
- Chapter 6. 5 weeks of Critical Thinking (THIS LESSON)
- Review / Assessment: 21st Century Skills Challenge Task
The complete change log can be found at the end of the READ ME FIRST file.