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MindTap® English for Chaffee's Thinking Critically, 11th Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie-cutter into cutting-edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers. As an instructor using MindTap, you have at your fingertips exactly the right content and tools to improve students' ability to apply critical thinking processes. Personalize the course as you like by selecting relevant materials. For each chapter, Getting Started activities use news videos to engage students, and Reflection in Action questions have them apply critical thinking to everyday situations. Students play "What's That Fallacy?" to practice identifying logical problems. Stay connected and informed through real-time student tracking that allows you to adjust the course as needed based on analytics.

John Chaffee, City University of New York

John Chaffee, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at The City University of New York, where he has developed a Philosophy and Critical Thinking program that annually involves 25 faculty and 3,000 students. He is a nationally recognized figure in the area of critical thinking, having authored leading textbooks and many professional articles. He also has conducted numerous conference presentations and workshops throughout the country. In developing programs to teach people to think more effectively in all academic subjects and areas of life, Dr. Chaffee has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was selected as New York Educator of the Year and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Diversity in Teaching in Higher Education.
  • MindTap helps streamline your workflow with carefully curated content and a unique set of tools, saving you valuable time in your course preparations.
  • With the MindTap Mobile App, you can keep your students informed of assignments, course due dates, or any changes to your course while also arming them with on-the-go study tools like flashcards.
  • You can build and personalize your course by integrating your own content into the MindTap Reader using Google Docs you've created or pull from sources like RSS feeds, YouTube videos, websites, and more. Control what content students see and when they see it with a learning path that can be used as is or matched to your syllabus exactly.
  • MindTap can automatically grade homework assignments while also providing students with instant feedback on their work. More than one hundred problem sets in addition to the exercises in the book give students many opportunities to apply critical thinking concepts. You can select which problem sets are to be used as self-study practices and which will be used as graded assignments that feed into the gradebook.
  • To get students thinking critically and talking about critical thinking concepts, short news clips are used in "Getting Started" activities before each chapter. Students watch the video, on topics as diverse as cyberbullying, the water shortage in the Southwest, and immigration protests, and then respond to questions in a discussion forum. These quick warm-up activities engage students with a current topic and with one another.
  • To help students transfer their knowledge of concepts into thoughtful action, "Reflection in Action" questions that follow each chapter ask students to think about how critical thinking can be used to enrich their decision making, problem solving, beliefs, and values in their lives outside the classroom. Each question corresponds to one major section of the chapter, and you can assign one, several, or all the questions in a chapter to your students. Answers are submitted online, and you can select whether to grade these written responses or to check them off as having been submitted.
  • Students can practice their ability to identify logical fallacies in the game "What's That Fallacy?" Questions are organized under twenty-five themes of interest to students, such as "Game of Phones," "All Nighter," "Rise Up," and "Ask Siri," and questions worth 100 to 400 points comprise each theme. Students are presented with a statement, dialogue, news item, or scenario and are asked to identify whether a fallacy is present or which fallacy is used.
  • The Progress App empowers students with the information to know where they stand at all times—both individually and compared to the highest performers in class, and it helps you the instructor track students' progress in real time, giving you the opportunity to adjust your course as needed based on course analytics.
  • StudyHub is one-stop-studying tool that allows you to deliver important information and empowers your students to personalize their experience. Share content from the MindTap Reader and create notes and study guides to help students focus and succeed.
  • The Message Center app helps you to quickly and easily contact students directly from the MindTap platform. Any message posted in the Message Center is communicated directly to each student enrolled in the course via the communication medium designated by the student.

Learning Objectives – This list of the chapter goals previews for students what they will learn.

Getting Started – These media activities engage students in preliminary conversation about the critical thinking concepts in the chapter.

MindTap eReader – The twelve chapters in the eReader cover a full range of critical thinking topics.

Homework - –Problem sets, from 7 to 14 per chapter, give students practice applying critical thinking concepts.

Reflection in Action – These questions, which correspond to each major section of a chapter, ask students to reflect on how they can apply critical thinking in their everyday lives.
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Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781285430188
Available for download on the book companion site, the Instructor's Manual is designed to help instructors tailor THINKING CRITICALLY to their courses. The manual includes both a comprehensive bibliography of critical and creative thinking resources and a bibliography of suggested fiction, nonfiction readings, and films relating to the themes of the text.