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Thinking Skills Activity: Analysis

ANALYSIS 2
Bob Valiant, 21 March 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: ANALYSIS

One aspect of analysis is to identify essential properties of a concept.

LESSON/ACTIVITY SHEET

Activity Description:

One aspect of analysis is to identify essential properties of a concept. For example, when we picture the concept “chair” in our brain we must have an idea of the essential properties of a thing before it can be called a chair. Before you call something a chair it must have a surface to sit on and have some sort of backrest. In this exercise you are asked to analyze a set of concepts to identify their essential properties. Remember, these properties must be common to ALL examples of each concept.

THING………………ESSENTIAL PROPERTIES OF THE CONCEPT

An animal

A coin

A planet

A poem

A law

An equation

Grade Level Range: Middle school – High school

Subject or Course: Any

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