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Verbs a-z

Verbs a-z

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Bloom’s Taxonomy of Measurable Verbs

Benjamin Bloom created a taxonomy of measurable verbs to help us describe and classify observable knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and abilities. The theory is based upon the idea that there are levels of observable actions that indicate something is happening in the brain (cognitive activity.) By creating learning objectives using measurable verbs, you indicate explicitly what the student must do in order to demonstrate learning. Verbs that demonstrate Critical Thinking EVALUATION Appraise Argue Assess Choose Compare Conclude Estimate Evaluate Interpret Judge Justify Measure Rate Revise Score Select Support Value

KNOWLEDGE List Name Recall Record Relate Repeat State Tell Underline

APPLICATION Apply COMPREHENSION Complete Compare Construct Describe Demonstrate Discuss Dramatize Explain Employ Express Illustrate Identify Interpret Recognize Operate Restate Practice Tell Schedule Translate Sketch Use

ANALYSIS Analyze Appraise Categorize Compare Contrast Debate Diagram Differentiate Distinguish Examine Experiment Inspect Inventory Question Test

SYNTHESIS Arrange Assemble Collect Combine Comply Compose Construct Create Design Devise Formulate Manage Organize Plan Prepare Propose Setup

Cognizant of… Enjoyment of… Conscious of… Feeling for… Familiar with… Interest in… Interested in…. Knowledge of… Knowledgeable about….Watch Out for Verbs that are not Measurable In order for an objective to give maximum structure to instruction. The following lists notoriously ambiguous words or phrases which should be avoided so that the intended outcome is concise and explicit. . it should be free of vague or ambiguous words or phrases. Understanding of… Self-Confi dent in. WORDS TO AVOID Believe Hear Realize Capacity Intelligence Recognize Comprehend Know See Conceptualize Listen Self-Actualize Depth Memorize Think Experience Perceive Understand Feel PHRASES TO AVOID Evidence a (n): To Become: To Reduce: Appreciation for… Acquainted with… Anxiety Attitude of… Adjusted to… Immaturity Awareness of… Capable of… Insecurity Comprehension of….

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