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Question Starters and Activity Suggestions Using Blooms

Taxonomy
Andersons Revised Taxonomy categories in brackets

Category
KNOWLEDGE
(REMEMBERING)

Question or sentence
starters

What happened after...?

Recognising
How many...?
Locating knowledge in
memory that is consistent with
What is...?
presented material.
Synonyms: Identifying...

Who was it that...?

Can you name ...?


Recalling
Retrieving relevant knowledge
Find the meaning of
from long-term memory.
Synonyms :
Retrieving.Naming...

Suggested Activities
Make a list of the main
events of the story.
Make a time line of events.
Make a facts chart .
Write a list of any pieces of
information you can
remember.
What animals were in the
story.

Describe what happened Make a chart showing


after
Make an acrostic.
Who spoke to...?
Recite a poem.
Which is true or false...?
Identify who.

COMPREHENSION
(UNDERSTANDING)
Interpreting
Changing from one form of
representation to another

Name all the..


Can you write in your
own words?
How would you
explain?
Can you write a brief
outline...?

Cut out, or draw pictures to


show a
particular event.
Illustrate what you think the
main idea may have been.

Synonyms:
Make a cartoon strip
Paraphrasing
Translating,...Representing, What do you think could showing the sequence
have happened next...?
Clarifying...
of events.
Who do you think...?
Exemplifying
Write and perform a play
Finding a specific example or
What was the main
based on the story.
illustration of a concept or
idea...?
principle
Retell the story in your own

Synonyms :
Instantiating Illustrating...
Classifying
Determining that something
belongs to a category (e.g.,
concept or principle).
Synonyms:
Categorising...Subsuming...
Summarising
Drawing a logical conclusion
from presented information.
Synonyms :Abstracting
Generalising...

Clarify why.

words.

Illustrate the

Write a summary report of


the event

Does everyone act in the


way that .. does?
Prepare a flow chart to
illustrate the
Draw a story map.
sequence of events.
Explain why a character
acted in the way that they Make a colouring book.
did.
Cut out, or draw pictures to
show a particular event.
Illustrate what you think the
main idea was.

Inferring
Abstracting a general theme
or major point

Make a cartoon strip


showing the sequence of
events.

Synonyms :
Extrapolating Interpolating..
Predicting Concluding.

Write and perform a play


based on the story.

Comparing
Detecting correspondences
between two ideas, objects,
etc

Retell the story in your own


words.
Write a summary report of
the event

Synonyms:
Contrasting Matching
...Mapping.

Prepare a flow chart to


illustrate the sequence of
events.

Explaining
Constructing a cause-andeffect model of a system.

Cut out, or draw pictures to


show a particular event.
Illustrate what you think the
main idea was.

Synonyms :
Constructing models...

Make a cartoon strip


showing the sequence of
events.
Write and perform a play
based on the story.

APPLICATION (APPLYING)
Executing
Can you write in your
Applying knowledge (often
own words?
procedural) to a routine task.
How would you
Synonyms : Carrying out. explain?
Implementing
Applying knowledge (often
procedural) to a non-routine
task.

Can you write a brief


outline...?

Construct a model to
demonstrate how it works
Make a diorama to
illustrate an event
Make a scrapbook about
the areas of study.

Make a papier-mache
map / clay model to include
What do you think could relevant information about
have happened next...? an event.
Who do you think...?
What was the main
idea...?

Take a collection of
photographs to
demonstrate a particular
point.

Clarify why.

Make up a puzzle game.

Illustrate the

Write a textbook about this


topic for others.

Does everyone act in the


way that .. does?
Draw a story map.

ANALYSE (ANALYSING)
Differentiating
|Distinguishing relevant from
irrelevant parts or important
from unimportant parts of
presented material.
Synonyms : Discriminating,
Selecting, Focusing,
Distinguishing,

Explain why a character


acted in the way that they
did.
Which events could not Design a questionnaire to
have happened?
gather information.
If. ..happened, what
might the ending have
been?
How is...similar to...?

Write a commercial to sell


a new product
Make flow chart to show
the critical stages.

What do you see as other Construct a graph to


possible outcomes?
illustrate selected
information.
Why did...changes
occur?

Organising
Determining how elements fit
or function within a structure. Can you explain what
must have happened
Synonyms : Outlining,
when...?
Structuring, Integrating,
What are some or the
Finding coherence
problems of...?
Attributing
Determining the point of view, Can you distinguish
between...?
bias, values, or intent
underlying presented material.
What were some of the
Synonyms : Deconstructing
motives behind..?

Make a family tree showing


relationships.
Devise a play about the
study area.
Write a biography of a
person studied.
Prepare a report about the
area of study.

What was the turning


point?
What was the problem
with...?
SYNTHESIS (EVALUATING)
Checking
Detecting inconsistencies or
fallacies within a process or
product.
Determining whether a
process or product has
internal consistency.
Synonyms : Testing,
Detecting, Monitoring

Is there a better solution Conduct a debate about an


to...?
issue of special interest.
Judge the value of...
What do you think
about...?

Make a booklet about five


rules you see as important.
Convince others.

Can you defend your


position about...?

Form a panel to discuss


views.

Do you think...is a good


or bad thing?

Write a letter to. ..advising


on changes needed.

Critiquing
Write a half-year report.
Detecting the appropriateness How would you have
of a procedure for a given task handled...?
Prepare a case to present
or problem.
What changes to.. would your view about...
you recommend?
Synonyms :Judging
Do you believe...? How
would you feel if. ..?
How effective are. ..?

EVALUATE (CREATING)

Can you design a...to...? Invent a machine to do a


specific task.
Generating
Can you see a possible
Coming up with alternatives or solution to...?
Design a building to house
hypotheses based on criteria
your study.
If you had access to all
Synonyms : Hypothesizing
resources, how would
Create a new product. Give
you deal with...?
it a name and plan a
Planning
marketing campaign.
Devising a procedure for
Why don't you devise
accomplishing some task.
your own way to...?
Write about your feelings in
producing
relation to...
What would happen if ...?
Synonyms : Designing
Write a TV show play,
How many ways can
puppet show, role play,
Producing
you...?
song or pantomime about..
nventing a product.
Can you create new and Design a record, book or
Synonyms : Constructing
unusual uses for...?
magazine cover for...
Can you develop a
Sell an idea
proposal which would...?
Devise a way to...