19 May 2017

On Thursday 18th May, our third ROAR session took place, this time based on critical thinking.  It was taken by Karl from Carmel College. 

At the start of the session, Karl told us about the four main things you need to become a critical thinker. We then discussed language of reasoning and indicator words: like, because, consequently and if. We had a talk in groups about what a counter-argument is and what words we could use to start a paragraph. We came up with some great ones, such as: on the other hand, although and however. Karl asked us, “Do we believe in the Loch Ness monster?” and “Do you believe in fairies and ghosts?” Incredibly, the majority of us said ‘yes’ to both! 

Soon after, we thought about credibility of evidence and how when you make a point, you must have evidence to prove it. We used an acrostic poem to help us remember this and it spelled out  the word ‘CRAVEN’. We then focused on our project ‘How is mankind destroying the planet? Discuss.’ We looked at a variety of dreadful pictures to explain why we are destroying the planet.

I would like to thank Karl, Mr Denton and Mrs Leonard for supporting us throughout. We look forward to the next session in the library!

by Louise Travis, 7G