Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Critical thinking is when a person makes an inference on a topic through analyzation, and inductive reason. This form of inferences uses a set of prior skills and knowledge to conclude. It is a teacher's job to provide students the tools to enhance their critical thinking. Through use of literature review and surveys with teachers and students, this capstone discusses skills that teachers implement teaching strategies to enhance their students’ critical thinking through freedom of choice of literature for low income high school students. Critical thinking is not just important in the school setting but in the outside world. Students will need to adapt to their work environments and collaborate with peers to solve projects and will use the inductive reasoning skills to create resolution rather than potential theories. Critical thinking becomes most important in college where they must learn the contents for their discipline while learning how to apply it. The findings reveal that critical thinking is an important piece to master when students are at the high school level and probe the tools that teachers are using to enhance the strategy through literature