How do we discuss controversial topics? Often, it seems, we rely upon superficial research of the facts, intimidation, or appeals to emotion. Yet, democracy depends on citizens charitably and accurately engaging each other’s arguments.
In this workshop, we introduce argument mapping: a simple, powerful, research-backed method for applying logical rigor to writing and classroom discussions. Visualizing the structure of arguments makes students more precise, confident thinkers across disciplines. Harvard philosophers have partnered with social studies teachers to develop and test this method with students. Teachers will be provided tools, resources, and best practices that can be implemented immediately to support student learning.
Aligning with dimensions of the C3 Framework, argument mapping can help your students develop critical reasoning skills by:
This process helps students not just weigh evidence, but analyze whether that evidence adequately supports the logical structure that is at the heart of any argument, whether found in an essay, speech, editorial or other source vital to civic discourse.
Registration Fee*: $459 NCSS members / $599 nonmembers
*Membership can be acquired at registration to receive the member rate.
This event is open to those with an interest in creating a classroom environment open to thoughtful, evidence-based discussion amongst students.
Travel and hotel are not included in registration. Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. The Cambridge and nearby Boston area has many lodging options available to suit your schedule and budget needs – especially if you are planning an extended stay in the area for sightseeing or other activities before/after the institute.
Jonathan Haber is the author of Critical Voter, a curriculum that uses presidential politics to teach critical thinking. His professional background is in assessment, educational standards, certification and curriculum development.
Nate Otey is COO and Lead Instructor for ThinkerAnalytix and a Fellow in the Harvard Philosophy Department. He is also a co-founder of ThoughtFull.
Anne Sanderson is CEO and Co-Founder of ThinkerAnalytix and an Associate in the Harvard Philosophy Department. She taught high school English in California and Massachusetts schools for 25 years.