This blog has recently gained many new readers. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a  “A Look Back” where I periodically share my favorite from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

This post appeared earlier this year. 

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Thanks to Rebecca Marsick, Maggie B. Roberts and @ShawnaCoppola, today I learned about Thinkalong.

It’s a free project of Connecticut Public Radio and Television designed to promote medial literacy and critical thinking, and has all the resources you need for lessons that promote both.

Here is how they describe themselves:

Thinkalong is a learning tool designed for middle school students to build critical thinking, media literacy and debate skills. Thinkalong asks students to put social issues under a microscope by evaluating sources, considering multiple sides of an argument, and engaging in respectful dialogue.

Even though it’s designed for middle schools, I can easily use it in high school, too.

This is how they explain how it works:

Thinkalong provides a framework for evidence-based discussion with its three-step process, investigate, contemplate, and debate. Students read, watch, and listen to credible news sources, analyze them with a media literacy lens, and debate the question with their peers.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom,