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    THINKING WORDS TO USE IN ASSIGNMENTS

     

    Dr. Benjamin Bloom divided the verbs into six categories.  All the verbs in a group indicate a kind of thinking skill needed to complete an assignment.  The verbs denote what a student is to do.-Unit D “ Lesson Mastery”, from The First Days of School, by Harry and Rosemary Wong.

     

    To teach for learning, use words, especially verbs,

    that show that learning has taken place.

     

    6

    Evaluation

    Appraise, choose, compare, conclude, decide, defend, evaluate, give your opinion, judge, justify, prioritize, rank, rate, select, support, value

    5

    Synthesis

    Change, combine, compose, construct, create, design, find an unusual way, formulate, generate, invent, originate, plan, predict, pretend, produce, rearrange, reconstruct, reorganize, revise, suggest, suppose, visualize, write

    4

    Analysis

    Analyze, categorize, classify, compare, contrast, debate, deduct, determine the factors, diagnose, diagram, differentiate, dissect, distinguish, examine, infer, specify

    3

    Application

    Apply, compute, conclude, construct, demonstrate, determine, draw, find out,  give an example,  illustrate, make, operate, show, solve,  state a rule or principle, use

    2

    Comprehension

    Convert, describe, explain, interpret, paraphrase, put in order, restate, retell in your own words, rewrite, summarize, trace, translate

    1

    Knowledge

    Define, fill in the blank, identify, label, list, locate, match, memorize, name, recall, spell, state, tell, underline

     

  • LEVELS OF STUDENT THINKING DESIRED IN AN ASSIGNMENT

     

    Dr. Benjamin Bloom divided the verbs into six categories.  The level of thinking you want from a student in an assignment is based on the level from which you select the verb you use.   The type of thinking required at each level becomes more complex as you go from knowledge to evaluation. From Unit D “ Lesson Mastery”, from The First Days of School, by Harry and Rosemary Wong, which is available for “checking-out” at the District office.

     

    To teach for learning, use words, especially verbs,

    that show that learning has taken place.

     

    6

    Evaluation

    Use these verbs to ask a student to make a judgment based on criteria

    This thinking skill tells you that a student can appraise, assess, or criticize on the basis of specific standards and criteria.

    5

    Synthesis

    Use these verbs to ask a student to take parts of information to create an original whole.

    This thinking skill tells you that a student can originate, combine, and integrate parts of prior knowledge into a product, plan, or proposal that is new.

    4

    Analysis

    Use these verbs to ask a student to show that he or she can see parts and relationships.

    This thinking skill tells you that a student can transfer selected information to a life problem or a new task with a minimum of direction.

    3

    Application

    Use these verbs to ask a student to use learning in a new situation.

    This thinking skill tells you that a student can transfer selected information to a life problem or a new task with a minimum of direction.

    2

    Comprehension

    Use these verbs to ask a student to show comprehension or understanding

    This thinking skill tells you that a student can grasp and interpret prior learning.

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    Knowledge

    Use these verbs to ask a student to ask a student to recall information

    This thinking skill tells you that a student can recall or recognize information, concepts, and ideas in the approximate form in which they were learned.