Critical Reasoning and Creative Thinking
When you apply critical reasoning and creative thinking principles
to the writing process, you will enhance your communicative skills.
Steps to Effective
||Effective writing is not easy. It
is hard work that begins with research on the topic. Then you develop a plan to
effectively communicate your position so that your audience clearly understands your
intent. Next you write out your draft. On completion of the draft, you must begin revising
to ensure that what you wrote is what you intended to say. Your next step is to proof your
work and produce the final draft that you publish and distribute to your audience.
Principles of Effective
||Putting our thoughts on paper is
important, but just as important is to ensure that what we have written clearly
communicates our intentions. Our understanding of "how to" organize our thoughts
into coherent sentences and paragraphs can help ensure that we communicate clearly. The
objective of this lesson is to help you as a writer sharpen your style by briefly
reviewing the structure and function of word groups (phrases, clauses, sentences, and
paragraphs) to assist you in writing effectively.
Principles of Word
Usage, Punctuation, Capitalization, and Spelling
||All of us can write, some better
than others. Putting our thoughts on paper is important, but just as important is to
ensure what we have written clearly communicates our intentions. Our understanding of the
"how to" of English grammar can help ensure that we communicate clearly. The
objective of this lesson, then, is to help you as a writer sharpen your understanding of
English grammar by briefly reviewing the parts of speech to assist you in writing
Reasoning is the process of
examining data (facts, information, evidence, observations, and experiences) and forming
inferences, judgments, and conclusions from the data. Adding the term "critical"
to reasoning may seem redundant; some argue that by definition reasoning is always
critical. However, the reality is that much reasoning is on the superficial level; we
quickly identify the problem and then implement a solution that seems to solve it. Too
often in our rush to solve a problem we attack the symptom of the problem and the cause,
short-circuiting the reasoning process. By adding the term "critical" we then
must analyze our reasoning to ensure we have accurately identified the true problem. This
also means that we have accurately analyzed the data, its implications, and its end state,
and have selected the best workable solution to solve the true problem.