McGraw-Hill Ryerson and The Critical Thinking Consortium in partnership present a series of teacher-developed resources focussed on infusing critical thinking into school subjects. Each book contains critical challenges and suggested activities for teachers to use in developing the intellectual resources that students require to thoughtfully explore the subject matter. The activities are complemented by reproducible blackline masters and assessment rubrics. The critical thinking “tool” needed to respond completely to every challenge are identified and suggested activities detail how each of these tools can be taught and assessed.
BRAZILIAN RAIN FOREST
Throughout the six challenges in this unit, students take on the role of investigative journalists in researching the issues surrounding the Brazilian rain forest as seen through the eyes of different stakeholder groups. Detailed suggestions support students in thinking critically as they keep a reporter's log, identify issues and underlying interests, analyze photographs, prepare graphic displays and eventually produce a video documentary or a live audio-visual presentation on their findings.
Guide to Lesson Format
Overviews of Critical Challenges
British Columbia Curriculum Connections
1 Becoming a reporter
2 Getting into the picture
3 Uncovering the issues
4 Representing the stakeholders
5 Negotiating a solution
6 Documenting the challenges
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