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Workshop On Critical Thinking

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A workshop on critical thinking for young people using multimedia tools and non-formal methods.

Aims of the tool

- to give participants a general introduction to critical thinking;
- to highlight the importance of critical thinking (and the dangers of lack of critical thinking) ;
- To identify the key features of critical thinking.

Description of the tool

Keywords: Critical thinking, media literacy, fake news, social media, disinformation
Step-by-step instruction:
1) Introduction - 15 min
For participants and facilitator to get to know each other and later create connection with the topic ,an activity « 2 truths and 1 lie» is played:
- participants need to write 2 truthful facts about themselves and one fact, which is made up (a lie).
- They mingle in the group and try to guess which fact of each other was a lie.
- In a group - a round of sharing.
Supporting questions:
Was it difficult to find out which one was a lie?
What helped you identify the lie?
Is it difficult to identify a lie in real life?
What makes it difficult to spot the fake/ lie facts?
Based on the answers, facilitator gives some prompts, introducing concepts «disinformation» and «manipulation».
2) Introduction of concept of critical thinking: - 10 min
Facilitator asks question: What are your associations with a concept « critical thinking» and if any of them heard the term.
Based on answers, facilitator is giving an input on what is critical thinking.
3) Watching the animation. - 2 min
4) Discussion after the animation: - 15min
What was it about?
Do you check sources?
How do you do it?
Why do you need to share responsibly?
What could be the consequence if you don't check sources and share?
5) Chinese whisper/ Gossip game 10 min
What connections do you see between the game and social media?
5) The Code of Critical thinker - 15 min
Participants are split in small groups of 3-5 people and their task is to
come up with 5 basic tips of a critical thinker.
Sharing and presenting in the group - 15 min
Closing and feedback - 5 min


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Tool overview

Workshop On Critical Thinking

This tool is for

Young People

and addresses

Personal Development, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges

Materials needed:

TV or projector, flipboard/board, markers/chalk, flipcharts, pens.


90 minutes

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Agata Wozniak, Vera Goriunova, Georges Ohanessian, Oda Sporsheim, Dorota Jedrzejewska, Anna Kokocinska, Ibrahim Mursal

in the context of

"DocuSpeech against Hate Speech" Erasmus+ project

The tool has been experimented in

Workshops with school students in local environment in Poland, UK, Russia, Armenia, Norway.

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Seg Kirakossian (on 19 September 2019)

and last modified

19 September 2019

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