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What’s included

Lesson formats

The lessons in this collection contain teacher materials and student resources in downloadable PDFs and, in some case, links to other sites where TC² developed the resource.

Sample download window
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Sample download for PDF

Sample link to external site
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Sample link to external site

Overview of lesson plan

Task and overview
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Each critical challenge opens with a question or task that is the focal activity upon which the lesson is based.

An overview describes the topic and the main activities that students undertake.

Background knowledge

Background knowledge—the information about the topic required for thoughtful reflection

Criteria for judgment

Criteria for judgment—the considerations or grounds for deciding which of the alternatives is the most sensible or appropriate

Critical thinking vocabulary

Critical thinking vocabulary—the concepts and distinctions that help students to think critically about the topic

Thinking strategies

Thinking strategies—procedures, organizers, models or algorithms that help in thinking through the challenge

Habits of mind

Habits of mind—the values and attitudes of a careful and conscientious thinker that are especially relevant to the critical challenge

Suggested activities

Suggested activities
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The body of the lesson is found under suggested activities that indicate how the critical challenge may be introduced and how the requisite tools may be taught.

Where relevant, sessions indicate where each anticipated new lesson would begin and list the blackline masters needed for that session.

The left-hand panel lists the main tasks or activities for each session.

Icons along the right-hand side point out where specific tools are addressed.

Evaluation
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The Evaluation section provides assessment criteria and procedures. Suggestions for further exploration or broader application of key ideas are found in the Extension section.

References
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References cited in the suggested activities or recommended for additional information are often listed.

Blackline masters

Blackline masters
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Blackline masters
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Blackline masters are provided for lessons. These are the reproducible learning resources referred to in the suggested activities. They serve a wide range of purposes:

  • assessment rubrics identify suggested criteria and standards for evaluating student work
  • briefing sheets provide background information for students
  • data charts contain various organizers for recording and analyzing information
  • documents refer to primary source material including paintings and other illustrations
  • student activities provide questions and tasks for students to work through in preparing to answer the critical challenge
  • teacher background sheets include sample answers, supplemental teaching instructions and other information of direct use for teachers