THINKING PRO is an online instructional program for high school students designed to improve students’ reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, news media literacy, and civic engagement. A series of interactive and self-paced instructional videos model reading and critical thinking strategies for students, offer opportunities for practice, and provide immediate feedback. Written assignments further reinforce these strategies by allowing students to apply reliable processes for evaluating the trustworthiness of news and informational texts. Students learn to be more mindful consumers of the news by considering the relevance and emotional impact of local events.
They engage with discussion prompts and identify a cause that is meaningful to them, their vision for the future, their mission for accomplishing their goals, and their personal brand. These components become the foundation of the Capstone Project. In a Capstone Project, students find and analyze 3-4 news articles related to their cause and use these sources to raise awareness through a format of their choice (e.g., letter to a politician, bumper sticker campaign, soapbox speech).
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