Critical thinking is one of the most important skills for students. They will use it in every content area during their high school years and rely on it during their college and career experiences. Choosing between one idea, person, place, or another can happen quickly or requires deliberation. In this exercise, students may learn the nuances of decision-making and the ramifications of their choices.
Fallacies, exaggerations, manipulation, and the power of diction can make or break an argument. Students need to be able to discern faulty arguments in political campaigns, commercials, and daily conversations. This source helps them do just that.
This page includes an abundance of critical thinking videos aimed at inspiring students to dig deeper or peel back layers on content and delivery. I liked Mark Liddell's video on misleading statistics and organized data. The riddle videos are fun as well. Finally, I have used this video with success: "Would you opt for a life with no pain?"
Students like solving mysteries. By giving kids separate quotes from a text and asking them to use their detective skills to understand the character's personality and motivation, the teacher challenges the students to find clues in syntax, diction, and tone.