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Looking for Techniques

This support material is incorporated into critical challenges at grades 3, 7 and 10, however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.

The following document can be adapted and re-saved for your needs.

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This chart helps students identify techniques they might use to complete a project and match techniques with the criteria required for the assignment. To use the chart, students:

  • record teacher- or student-generated criteria for the assignment in the left-hand column; e.g., it might be decided that an effective persuasive presentation should be concise, comprehensive and convincing
  • identify the techniques used in relevant samples provided by the teacher or gathered by students; e.g., professional and student samples of print and radio ads, television commercials, posters
  • record the techniques they identified next to the criterion that each technique supports; e.g., point form and headings are techniques that promote conciseness.


Adapted from Critical Challenges Across the Curriculum series. Permission granted by The Critical Thinking Consortium for use by Alberta teachers.

Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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