Unit 3- Elements of Thought


Your purpose is to help you begin to realize your own understanding of the Elements of Thought (reasoning).


Next,  we begin exploring the final pillar of Paulian critical thinking – the elements of reasoning. This is the analysis of reasoning.

As you work, strive for as much clarify, accuracy, depth, and breadth as you reasonably can. Write out your understanding of each element using your own words. Don’t copy and paste or parrot back information.

As much as you can, without looking at the material, write your understanding of each element. To the extent that you can do this on your own is the extent to which you have command of the concept.

The extent to which you have to use the material to create your wording demonstrates the degree to which you do not have command of the concept. If you find it difficult to write out an accurate and substantive description of each element, go back and review the material, then try again.

Your goal is to get to a place where the concept is clear and accessible to you at all times.

Essential Idea: There are eight structures that define thinking. Learning to analyze thinking requires practice in identifying these structures in use.

Unit 3- Practice

  1. Watch the following two videos

2. Read the following resources to help guide your thinking

3. Complete the following the Elements of Thought Activity.

Unit 3- Reflection & Badge

Complete the following: Unit 3- Reflection & Badge