duopress Think for Yourself: The Ultimate Guide to Critical Thinking in an Age of Information Overload
duopress Think for Yourself: The Ultimate Guide to Critical Thinking in an Age of Information Overload

Think for Yourself: The Ultimate Guide to Critical Thinking in an Age of Information Overload

By Andrea Debbink

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Publication Date: May 12, 2020

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Ages 11 to 14, Grades 6 to 8

Knowing what to make of topics like immigration and climate change can be tough. THINK FOR YOURSELF teaches middle schoolers how to ask questions, evaluate evidence, and consider all sides of an issue to come to a well-informed conclusion. From learning how to recognize doctored articles online to avoiding common pitfalls like stereotyping, this is a nonjudgmental and nonpartisan guide to how to think in a world dominated by fake news, social media, and divided opinions.

Middle school is a time of change, when things begin to look different and assumptions start to be questioned, and today more than ever it’s tough to know what to believe.

This unique and timely book won’t tell you what to think—that’s up to you!—but it will show you how to think more deeply about your own life and current events. Covering a wide range of subjects affecting the world today, including human and animal rights, social media, cyber bullying, the refugee crisis, and more, THINK FOR YOURSELF will help you to learn how to ask questions, analyze evidence, and use logic to draw conclusions, so you can solve problems and make smart decisions.

Each chapter of the book covers one key step in the critical thinking process, and includes a real-world example to help convey the importance and relevance of every step:

Ask Questions: If you want to be a critical thinker, it helps to be curious. It’s normal to wonder about the world around us. Some questions are big, and some are small. Sometimes questions can spark debate and argument. All critical thinking starts with at least one question.

Gather Evidence: First, find information—from making observations to interviewing experts to researching a topic online or in books. Then make connections and draw conclusions.

Evaluating Evidence: Smart thinkers evaluate the importance, accuracy and relevancy of the information they gather.

Getting Curious: Consider other points of view, examine your own point of view, understand the power of emotion, and practice empathy.

Draw Conclusions: The final step in the critical thinking process, this is based on reason and evidence. Revisit your original question, review the evidence and what you’ve learned, and consider your values. And remember: critical thinking doesn’t stop when you’ve reached a decision. Learn how to discuss and debate other points of view. Then keep growing. Sometimes you might change your mind—that’s OK, too!

Featuring profiles of real-life inspiring young critical thinkers from around the world, checklists, quizzes, and activities, THINK FOR YOURSELF is a clever and fun illustrated guide that teaches middle schoolers that even young people can make a difference in the world just by thinking smart and understanding.

INCLUDES:Your Turn: activities to help connect ideas to readers’ livesQuizzesProfiles of inspiring young critical thinkersA Reading List for Young ThinkersTeacher's guidesPlus a table of contents, index, and glossary for easy searching

About the Author

Andrea Debbink is an award-winning writer and editor who's been writing for children for the past decade. As a former editor at American Girl, she specialized in creating content that helped young readers explore their creative potential including crafts, recipes, and biographies. Andrea lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information on her work visit andreadebbink.com.Aaron Meshon illustrates and designs for magazines, advertisements, children's products, murals, food trucks, and books that can be found all over the world. Aaron's first children's book: Take Me out to the Yakyu was an Ezra Jack Keats Book Honor Winner. When not making books or drawing, Aaron teaches illustration at The School of Visual Arts. Someday, Aaron would like to sell his products from a small sweet potato truck in rural Japan. Currently Aaron lives with his wife, son and their French Bulldog, Chubu, in Brooklyn, New York.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 160 pages

Publisher: duopress

ISBN: 9781950500048

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