Critical Thinking Years 7-10

UNIFY Series Years 7-10

Course Information

Critical Thinking equips students with the skills and metacognitive tools needed to evaluate and construct logical arguments. They learn to create sophisticated, well-justified cases that acknowledge complexity and possible alternative positions that exist on a range of topics.

Critical Thinking directly contributes to growth in persuasive writing skills and develops capabilities that transfer across the curriculum and into the real world. This program has delivered improved quantitative outcomes in class assessments and across multiple NAPLAN domains.

Target Group

Selection criteria are subjective - teacher judgement and student interest in the topic should assist selection.

Some schools use this project as an opportunity to extend mid-to-high achieving students and to build staff capability.




Lesson Overview

1 Introduction to Critical Thinking and web conferencing skills.
2Pre-assessment: plan and write an argument on demand.
3Why should we argue? Clarity, accuracy and significance.
4Priming and perceptual blindness. How the brain works.
5Strong and weak arguments. Deductive and inductive reasoning.
6What are fallacies? Sample arguments.
7Difference between fallacies and spin. Practise identifying spin in sources.
8Gathering supporting evidence. Counter-arguments and rebuttal.
9What happens when ethical and moral considerations come into conflict?
10Morality and moral dilemmas.
11Post-assessment: plan and write an argument on demand.
12Evaluate, extend, reflect and celebrate.

Assessment and Reporting


A pre-assessment provides diagnostic data and identifies starting points, and a post-assessment measures distance travelled.

Both tests require students to plan and write an argument on demand in response to a stimulus.

Schools are provided with a report containing pre- and post-test results, attendance data and survey feedback as well as qualitative report card comments for inclusion as an OLA.


Last updated 22 June 2018
Last updated 22 June 2018