Critical Reasoning

Don't believe everything you read or hear! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby teach you how to evaluate arguments. Learn how every argument can be broken down into reasons and logic that support a claim. Discover why facts and data are often stronger reasons than observations and opinions. And explore how logical fallacies and personal biases can make any argument fall apart. We're convinced you'll find these tools helpful for analyzing arguments and making better decisions about what to believe!

Writing, Reasoning, & Civics Lesson Plan: Drafting Board Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore the process of producing clear and polished opinion essays. Students will use arguments presented in a variety of resource documents to help them form an opinion on a controversial civics issue. They will then use an online essay-building platform to make their claim and support it with evidence and reasoning in order to produce a structured and effective argument. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan: Using Context Clues

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students will use BrainPOP resources to learn about context clues and practice using context clues as a reading comprehension strategy. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Lesson Plan: The Quandary Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use a free online game called Quandary to practice ethics, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Persuasive Arguments About Water Ecology Lesson Plan: Citizen Science Game

In this multi-day lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources to practice crafting reasoned arguments and explore the effect of humans on the environment. Through an online game, students will learn about the causes of water pollution in a lake and pose a question about the local water supply to community residents. Students then compile the residents' opinions during game play and compose a persuasive letter to their congressional representative asking for his or her support in improving water conditions. See more »

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