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Literate people have the ability to evaluate, critique, and modify their own or other people’s ideas using evidence and logical reasoning. The focus for this skill is the set of reflective and evaluative capacities that underlie effective inquiry. Skilled critical thinkers have strategic awareness and metacognitive control of their own reasoning. Mastering critical inquiry thus involves the development of argument-building skills and acquisition of the metalanguage for rational discourse. A variety of specific strategy families support rethinking, as outlined in the table of conceptual strategies.

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