Critical Instruction Sets

What is a Critical Instruction Set?

A critical instruction set is a collection of mind grammar-based classroom assignments that address a given topic. The assignments typically engage students in a combination of critical thinking, reading, listening, writing, speaking, and observing in the context of engaging new and revisited subject matter.

 

If you have access to: Maiorana, V.P. (2017). Teach Like the Mind Learns – Instruct So Students Learn to Think, Read, and Write Critically. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, see Chapter 2: The Mind Grammar Instructional Set; and Chapter 3: Mind Grammar Instructional Techniques.

Instructional Sets – English Language Arts

If you have access to: Maiorana, V.P. (2017). Teach Like the Mind Learns – Instruct So Students Learn to Think, Read, and Write Critically. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, see Chapter 4: Instructional Sets for the English Language Arts.

Instructional Sets – The Humanities

If you have access to: Maiorana, V.P. (2017). Teach Like the Mind Learns – Instruct So Students Learn to Think, Read, and Write Critically. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, see Chapter 5: Instructional Sets for the Humanities..

Instructional Sets – Math, Science, Engineering, Technology

If you have access to: Maiorana, V.P. (2017). Teach Like the Mind Learns – Instruct So Students Learn to Think, Read, and Write Critically. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, see Chapter 6: Instructional Sets for Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Technology

Instructional Sets – Social Sciences

If you have access to: Maiorana, V.P. (2017). Teach Like the Mind Learns – Instruct So Students Learn to Think, Read, and Write Critically. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, see Chapter 7: Instructional Sets for the Social Sciences.

 

Critical Instruction, Learning, and Literacy

Critical Instruction is the formal and explicit explanation of how to connect and integrate the facts and ideas within the objectives, processes and consequences of subject matter in ways that simultaneously develop literacy abilities in all students to think, read, listen, write, speak, and observe critically.

More simply, critical instruction allows teachers to lead students to learn subject matter while at the same time develop their critical literacy abilities.