Students with language delays are concrete thinkers. Help them separate facts from opinions and become better decision-makers..
- Improve language-based thinking and problem solving
- Distinguish facts from opinions
- Draw accurate conclusions
Build basic reasoning skills with step-by-step instruction and activities designed to build on success.
Students learn to:
- identify facts and opinions
- state reasons for opinions
- support opinions
- separate facts from opinions in the news and in advertisements
The book is written in the proven format of the Spotlight Series with:
- activities sequenced by complexity
- visual cues that are gradually faded
- skills defined in student-friendly terms
- a variety of curricular and daily living topics
- simple sentence structure and vocabulary so students can focus on learning the concepts
- minimal writing requirements in the beginning lessons
- a pretest/posttest
You may purchase Spotlight on Reasoning & Problem Solving Facts & Opinions individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Reasoning & Problem Solving set. The 6-book set consists of:
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- Reasoning skills encourage critical thinking and meta-awareness of internal thought processes. Reasoning skills support students' logical judgments based on conscious reflection and sensitivity to multiple viewpoints (Little, 2002).
- Reasoning and critical thinking are necessary skills for competence across the curriculum. They require students to examine, relate, and analyze all aspects of a problem or situation. Students engaged in critical thinking must make associations that connect problems with their prior knowledge (Pellegrini, 1995).
- Questioning is the core of critical reflection. It prompts students to engage in a research process that fosters higher-order thinking skills and social-moral attitudes (Daniel et al., 2005).
- Explicitly teaching and reinforcing inference-making leads to better outcomes in overall text comprehension, text engagement, and metacognitive thinking (Borné, Cox, Hartgering, & Pratt, 2005).
Spotlight on Reasoning & Problem Solving Facts and Opinions incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Borné, L., Cox, J., Hartgering, M., & Pratt, E. (2005). Making inferences from text [Overview]. Dorchester, MA: Project for School Innovation.
Daniel, M.F., Lafortune, L., Pallascio, R., Splitter, L., Slade, C., & de la Garza, T. (2005). Modeling the development process of dialogical critical thinking in pupils aged 10 to 12 years. Communication Education, 54(4), 334-354.
Little, C. (2002). Reasoning as a key component of language arts curricula. The Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 13(2), 52-59.
Pellegrini, J. (1995). Developing thinking and reasoning skills in primary learners using detective fiction. Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, 1. Retrieved April 8, 2009, from http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1995/1/95.01.05.x.html