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Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the Academic

Dasbender, Gitanjali
Series Edition: 
Vol. 2

This chapter works to define critical thinking for first year writers, explaining a process that helps them think, read, and write critically. With a focus on Annie Dillard’s essay, “Living like Weasels,” you can show students how they can learn to read carefully for ideas, to identify and analyze key points, and to synthesize observations into strong arguments. The chapter also provides guidance on how to move from personal response toward more formal, academic writing. An annotated student essay gives you and your students a glimpse of how strong writers approach texts critically and engage with others’ ideas to develop perspectives of their own.


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