Critical Thinking in Government Writing 1050WRITG (3D)

Critical Thinking in Government Writing will help you think critically at each stage of the writing process. You’ll learn to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information. You’ll build logical and convincing arguments and avoid faulty logic. You’ll also learn problem-­‐solving strategies that you can use back on the job.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand and apply critical thinking in writing
  • 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 documents you write
  • Evaluate documents you read and recognize faulty logic
  • Think critically to analyze problems
  • Devise, evaluate, and implement solutions to problems
  • Think critically about material you write for others
  • Use critical thinking to help others improve their writing
  • Use critical thinking to enhance group discussions


The course contains the following lessons:

  • Understanding the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Understanding Critical Thinking
  • Applying
  • Analyzing
  • Evaluating
  • Creating
  • Thinking Through the Process
  • Prewriting: The Situation
  • Prewriting: Your Main Point
  • Drafting: Three-Part Structure
  • Drafting: Organizing Details
  • Revising: Global Traits
  • Refining: Local Traits
  • Constructing Logical Arguments
  • Reasoning Deductively
  • Reasoning Inductively
  • Appealing to Your Reader
  • Reaching Resistant Readers
  • Organizing to Persuade
  • Spotting False Conclusions
  • Noting Misused Evidence
  • Spotting Distortions
  • Recognizing Sabotage
  • Using Socratic Questions
  • Evaluating Arguments
  • Reviewing Lessons 3 and 4
  • Understanding Problem Solving
  • Defining the Problem
  • Brainstorming Solutions
  • Applying the Solution
  • Evaluating the Solution
  • Making Improvements
  • Writing for Your Supervisor
  • Reviewing Others’ Writing
  • Critical Thinking in Groups