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Sep 27 - Sep 29, 2017
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
Washington , DC $999 F
Oct 30 - Nov 01, 2017
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Dec 05 - Dec 07, 2017
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
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Feb 06 - Feb 08, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Washington , DC $999 O
Mar 12 - Mar 14, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
Washington , DC $999 O
Apr 24 - Apr 26, 2018
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May 21 - May 23, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
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May 30 - Jun 01, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
San Antonio , TX $999 O
Jun 11 - Jun 13, 2018
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Washington , DC $999 O
Jun 19 - Jun 21, 2018
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Dallas , TX $999 O
Jul 09 - Jul 11, 2018
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Washington , DC $999 O
Aug 06 - Aug 08, 2018
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Aug 14 - Aug 16, 2018
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Seattle , WA $999 O
Sep 05 - Sep 07, 2018
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Sep 10 - Sep 12, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
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Oct 01 - Oct 03, 2018
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Dec 03 - Dec 05, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
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Course overview

Think more clearly by improving your writing. Write more clearly by improving your thinking. Understand critical thinking and learn strategies for deeper and deeper levels of thinking. Improve your thought process at each stage of the writing process. Create logical and persuasive arguments, and recognize and remove faulty logic. Sharpen your problem-solving skills and enhance group success. Write plainly as mandated by the Federal Plain Writing Act of 2011 and empower your career with critical thinking and clear writing.

This course aligns with the following DoD financial management competencies:
DoD LDR CompetencyProficiency LevelHours
Influencing/Negotiating (Lead Teams/Projects) N/A 5
Problem Solving (Lead Self) N/A 5
Written Communication (Lead Self) N/A 8

Who should attend?

Individuals who want to improve their critical thinking and writing skills. Participants taking this course should be familiar with the subject matter covered in Writing For Results (WRIT7110D).This course is the fourth of four sequenced writing courses: Grammar for Professionals (ENGL7005D), Fundamentals of Writing (WRIT7010D), Writing for Results (WRIT7110D), and Clear Writing through Critical Thinking (WRIT7100D).

Learning outcomes

  • Understand and apply critical thinking in writing
  • Think critically to analyze problems
  • Use the seven traits to evaluate and improve writing
  • Apply, analyze, evaluate, and create information
  • Think critically through each stage of the writing process
  • Build logical and persuasive arguments
  • Reason deductively and inductively
  • Create arguments that are consistent, complete, sound, and valid
  • Avoid faulty logic in your writing and evaluate documents you read for faulty logic
  • Devise, evaluate, and implement solutions to problems

Course outline

<p>
    <strong>Day One of Three </strong>
</p>
<p style="margin-left: 30px;">
    <strong>Lesson 1: Understanding Writing and Critical Thinking</strong>
</p>
<ul>
    <li style="list-style-type: none;">
    <ul>
        <li>Using Resources</li>
        <li>Taking a Pre-Assessment</li>
        <li>Understanding the Seven Traits of Writing</li>
        <li>Understanding Critical Thinking</li>
        <li>Applying</li>
        <li>Analyzing</li>
        <li>Evaluating</li>
        <li>Creating</li>
    </ul>
    </li>
</ul>
<p style="margin-left: 30px;">
    <strong>Lesson 2: Writing Critically</strong>
</p>
<ul>
    <li style="list-style-type: none;">
    <ul>
        <li>Thinking Through the Process</li>
        <li>Prewriting: The Situation</li>
        <li>Prewriting: Your Main Point</li>
        <li>Drafting: Three-Part Structure</li>
        <li>Drafting: Organizing Details</li>
        <li>Revising: Global Traits</li>
        <li>Refining: Local Traits</li>
    </ul>
    </li>
</ul>
<p>
    <strong>Day Two of Three </strong>
</p>
<p style="margin-left: 30px;">
    <strong>Lesson 3: Arguing and Persuading</strong>
</p>
<ul>
    <li style="list-style-type: none;">
    <ul>
        <li>Reviewing Lessons 1 and 2</li>
        <li>Constructing Logical Arguments</li>
        <li>Reasoning Deductively</li>
        <li>Reasoning Inductively</li>
        <li>Appealing to Your Reader</li>
        <li>Reaching Resistant Readers</li>
        <li>Organizing to Persuade</li>
    </ul>
    </li>
</ul>
<p style="margin-left: 30px;">
    <strong> Lesson 4: Avoiding Faulty Logic</strong>
</p>
<ul>
    <li style="list-style-type: none;">
    <ul>
        <li>Spotting False Conclusions</li>
        <li>Noting Misused Evidence</li>
        <li>Spotting Distortions</li>
        <li>Recognizing Sabotage</li>
        <li>Using Socratic Questions</li>
        <li>Evaluating Arguments</li>
    </ul>
    </li>
</ul>
<p>
    <strong>Day Three of Three </strong>
</p>
<p style="margin-left: 30px;">
    <strong>Lesson 5: Problem Solving</strong>
</p>
<ul>
    <li style="list-style-type: none;">
    <ul>
        <li>Reviewing Lessons 3 and 4</li>
        <li>Understanding Problem Solving</li>
        <li>Defining the Problem</li>
        <li>Brainstorming Solutions</li>
        <li>Applying the Solution</li>
        <li>Evaluating the Solution</li>
        <li>Making Improvements</li>
    </ul>
    </li>
</ul>
<p style="margin-left: 30px;">
    <strong>Lesson 6: Critical Thinking in Writing</strong>
</p>
<ul>
    <li style="list-style-type: none;">
    <ul>
        <li>Writing for Your Supervisor</li>
        <li>Reviewing Others&rsquo; Writing</li>
        <li>Critical Thinking in Groups</li>
        <li>Applying Your Learning</li>
        <li>Taking a Post-Assessment</li>
    </ul>
    </li>
</ul>
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