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Critical Thinking and Speech

Critical Thinking and Speech is a required course in the College Studies Program at Waukegan High School, in Waukegan, IL. The course is usually taken by CSP students during their sophomore year. It is an activities-based communication arts course designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the worlds of college and work.

The course was expanded from one semester to a full year beginning in the fall of 1998. The curriculum for the class was fully revised and updated the previous summer by me, the instructor of the class, lynne Shotola (can you think of a better way to spend yourtrip to Colorado???). The expansion of the course to a full year created a great many opportunities for better, deeper, more thorough learning for the students. Perhaps more exciting, however, the expansion promoted the development of a Sophmore CSP Learning Team, including Critical Thinking, World History, Literature and Composition and, starting this fall, Chemistry. The learning team environment has been extraordinary, allowing for interdisciplinary curriculum activities and helping us keep better track of all our students.

The 1999-2000 school year will mark my 3rd time teaching the class. I think the class is a HUGE amount of fun to teach. More importantly, I deeply believe in the value and importance of the skills the course teaches. With a little luck, the class prepares its participants for college and work, while also providing an enjoyable learning experience.

The point of this site is to help my students perform better in my class by having access to as much resource material as possible, and to help their parents develop a better sense of both what their child is doing in my class and who this person is who is teaching their child. Below you will find links to the other pages in this site. These are the resources this website offers. I hope you find them useful. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this website, the Critical Thinking and Speech Class, the teacher, vegetarian jell-o, the virtue of white socks or the meaning of life, please feel free to drop me an e-mail at