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Critical Thinking in Writing

Cumulative

  • Reasoning progresses in a sequential and strategic way.
  • Each logical step in the process builds explicitly on the insights gained in earlier steps.
  • The writer affirms the truth of the conclusion/thesis only after being led to that conclusion as the result of the cumulative reasoning process. The truth of the conclusion/thesis is not presupposed throughout.

Convincing

  • Each critical assertion made as part of the developing line of reasoning is supported with logic.
  • Each critical assertion made as part of the developing line of reasoning is supported with sufficient appropriate details and facts.
  • The strategy used to advance the reasoning to the conclusion is logical.

Critical

  • Contradictory evidence is acknowledged and addressed honestly and logically.
  • Opposing points of view are explicitly anticipated and addressed honestly and logically.
  • Crucial insights gained as part of the developing line of reasoning are tested and validated by being subjected to skeptical questioning.

  • Level A: 8-9 Criteria Met
  • Level B: 6-7 Criteria Met
  • Level C: 4-5 Criteria Met
  • Level D: 2-3 Criteria Met
  • Level F: 1 Criterion Met

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