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Learning objectives: trigger verbs

KS3 GCSE Key trigger verbs Other trigger verbs


level grade

Synthesis construct formulate, generate, integrate,


Arranging elements 7+ A/A* create organise, compile, formalise,
into a new whole assemble propose, imagine, improve,
summarise demonstrate, extend, modify
design

Evaluation evaluate appraise, grade, interpret,


Making qualitative & 6/7 B judge recommend, argue, defend,
quantitative justify hypothesise, verify, assess,
judgements
conclude monitor, enquire, action plan,
criticise research, use feedback

Analysis break down diagram, discriminate, outline,


Making clear 5/6 C differentiate categorise, deconstruct,
hierarchy & separate outline, question, sequence,
relationships
subdivide specify speculate, analyse,
demonstrate refine, make links, plan,
attribute

Application apply compute, demonstrate


Applying information 5 D predict illustrate, relate, conjugate,
to new areas solve decode, dramatise, persuade,
change conclude

Understanding comprehend classify, convert, discuss,


Making use of 4 D/E compare distinguish, generalise, give
information & ideas contrast examples, infer, interpret,
estimate paraphrase, rewrite, translate,
explain combine, compose, suggest,
collect, perform

Knowledge recall count, define, match, name,


Encountering & 2/3 F/G identify outline, point out, quote, recite,
recalling information describe repeat, reproduce, state, trace,
label arrange, tell, choose, copy,
list select, recognise, show, use,
place, observe, handle, express,
comment, explore, collect,
retell