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Students use folklore, such as short stories, poetry and ballads, lives of holy folk, etc., as the foundation for analyzing and thinking about the content, meaning, and themes of a selection. Graphics thinking organizers are the main vehicle that students use to help themselves:
• analyze the meaning of each selection they read;
• organize their thoughts in preparation for writing.
The organizers cover such thinking or analytical areas as: comparison and contrast, classification, sorting, cause and effect, sequencing, etc. There is extensive guidance on how to fill out a graphic thinking organizer when each is first introduced. After applying an organizer to a particular text, students write their analysis, based on the reading selection and their completed thinking organizer. The section of the book entitled COURSE INTRODUCTION gives details about the relationship among reading, meaning and writing.
The analysis using the graphics thinking organizers in "Critical Thinking and "r"eligious Folklore - Read and Workbook" as well as the preparation exercises for writing can be completed individually or in a group. A companion volume "'Snipp snapp snute, så er eventyret ute' - Folklore Reader and Critical Thinking Workbook" has additional critical thinking materials and different reading selections.
Students who use the volume should have more options for analyzing and writing about other texts and literary selections they meet. They will probably be able to transfer much of the critical thinking "techniques" used in "Critical Thinking and "r"eligious Folklore - Read and Workbook" to other curriculum areas in their school work.