A Resource for Faculty
Many teachers use reading and writing, listening and speaking
assignments to help students learn critical thinking skills.
But there are important differences between assignments . . .
request critical thinking and those that
require critical thinking and those that
When assignments only request critical thinking, some students
will try to meet the request, others won’t. When
assignments ask for critical thinking but don’t teach it,
students who already have these skills can succeed, others
can’t. This web site shows you how to design activities
and assignments that
require AND teach
Using these Resources
Many of the activities and assignments on this web site .
About this Web Site
- can be done as in-class activities or out-of
- can be ungraded or graded (grading criteria are evident in
all of them).
- can be converted into test questions in various formats -
short answer, multiple choice and essay.
- can be done in large section courses; look for items followed
This web site was created by
, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at East
Tennessee State University. © 2003, East Tennessee State
University. Permission is granted to make copies of this
material for non-commercial use by educators, provided that notice
is included of its authorship and copyrighted status.