Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing*

By the end of first year composition, students should

  • Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating
  • Understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources
  • Integrate their own ideas with those of others
  • Understand the relationships among language, knowledge, and power

Faculty in all programs and departments can build on this preparation by helping students learn

  • The uses of writing as a critical thinking method
  • The interactions among critical thinking, critical reading, and writing
  • The relationships among language, knowledge, and power in their fields

*from The Council of Writing Program Administrators

Digital Narrative

Difficulty Rating 2: This assignment is ideal for novicesDifficulty Rating 2: This assignment is ideal for novices
Digital Narrative ScreenshotBrief Description: This assignment asks students to use audio assets to compose a digital narrative.
Class Time: Four 75-minute meetings
Yield: One 90-second+ audio composition (and accompanying written transcript)
Courtesy of: Jennifer Cover, Ball State University
- A device which records audio
- Audio Editing Software (Garageband/Audacity)
- Word processor or text editor (for transcript)