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Thinking Critically, Seventh Edition
John Chaffee et al.
Additional Chapter Activities
Chapter 1: Thinking

  1. Chapter 1 asks you to consider goals in your own life. In a short essay, consider someone you know (and possibly admire) who has set specific goals and achieved them. Try to think of someone you know fairly well, and reflect on his or her decision-making process in the same way that you have been reflecting carefully on your own.

  2. It is important to think about achieving our goals, but it often happens that not all of our dreams turn out exactly as we plan. Sometimes they turn out better; sometimes they turn out worse. In a short essay, write about a goal that you had set for yourself but that you were not able to achieve. Reflect on how the outcome differed from your plan. This could be a simple, short-term goal or a larger, long-term goal. Remember that just because you did not achieve the goal as you had planned does not mean you "failed." Perhaps things worked out differently from the way you had planned but ended up being better than you had expected.


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