ENG 101 CRITICAL THINKING & ACADEMIC WRITING
Unit 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking
Minimum of 1-2 pages
Purpose of the assignment. This assignment requires you to write a detailed analysis of a higher
order critical reading strategy. You must select one of the approved higher order critical reading
strategies below and one of the essays from Chapters 1 and 2 (see selected essays listed below).
Please note, you will apply the essays from Chapters 1 and 2 to Roman numeral III (outline) and your
third body paragraph (essay) only.
§ Evaluating the logic of an argument
§ Judging the writer’s credibility
§ Recognizing emotional manipulation
Purpose of an outline: Developing an outline helps you organize your work hierarchically enabling
the reader and the writer to see how the essay is organized. Additionally, complete sentences
articulate the reasoning that is beneficial to both the reader and the writer. Please note that you may
expand the outline format to suit your needs.
Unit 1 Outline Format: Develop a formal outline (see sample outline format below). Each entry
should contain full sentences. Roman numeral I will define the higher order reading strategy using
at least three writing strategies (see Sample Outline Format on pgs. 2 and 3). Roman numeral II will
explain what vocabulary building strategies you use to help define any words you read while
developing this assignment. Roman numeral III will give a concrete example of its application (see
essays below; these essays will guide this section).
q “Who Does the Talking Here?” by Deborah Tannen – pps. 7-9
q “Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment” by Ruth Whippman – pps. 14-16
q “The Future is Now: It’s Heading Right at Us, but We Never See It Coming” by Joel
Achenbach – pps. 20-23
q “Nasty Women Have Much Work to Do” by Alexandra Petri – pps. 45-47
q “In Praise of a Snail’s Pace” by Ellen Goodmanpps. 50-52
q “Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate” by Adam Grant – pps. 57-60
Unit 1 Essay Format: Based on the outline, you will develop a five-paragraph essay. This essay
must include a detailed introduction, with a motivator and thesis, and a conclusion with a reworded
thesis and clincher. You will research two academic sources (newspaper, magazine, journal article,
etc.). These sources should thoroughly explain the meaning of your selected higher order reading
strategy. Be sure to edit and proofread your final draft.
Sample Outline Format
Introduction (first paragraph) – must include the following:
Strong opening with a motivator: Arouse the interest of readers and involve them in the
subject (a statement of fact and a question, a series of questions, interesting or startling facts,
use of a metaphor, fascinating incident).
Context: Provide a clear content-driven background that gives an overview of your critical
reading strategy. Please remember to