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Informal Writing to Stimulate Critical Discussion
"Informal writing" describes low-stakes writing assignments used to stimulate thought (e.g., ask only for "observations").
Ask students to respond to concrete prompts at first, then use their responses to springboard into discussion of abstract concepts.
Informal Writing: A Few In-Class Activities
Stimulating Critical Thinking with "Think Sheets"
Discussion: Defined and Explored
Discussion: Research and Resources