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During or After Reading/Teaching – Asking Questions

Bloom’s Thinking Prompts

What? Bloom’s Thinking Prompts are questions related to the six thinking skills
in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Teachers select prompts to ensure students are
responding to all levels of the cognitive domain. Students can respond to the
prompts through Quick Writes, tests, RAFT (role-audience-format-topic)
activities, or other writing or speaking activities.

Why? Students need to develop thinking and learning at all cognitive levels. The
higher-level prompts deepen student comprehension and stimulate original

How? Consider the demands of the reading assignment and determine which of the
six levels of thinking are required for students to understand what they are

Teach students about Bloom’s Taxonomy. Give them a copy of the cue

Give students questions before reading, so the purpose of the reading is set
for active student engagement with the text.

Model the thinking required to respond to the prompts. Give students
examples of responses.

Allow guided practice with small groups or partners before assigning
individual response.

Once students are comfortable with the six thinking skills, more student
choice can be offered. Also, students who are proficient with the skills may
create their own questions from the chart.

Adapted from Center for Resource Management materials, © 2006.

Cue Questions Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Critical Thinking Lower-Order Thinking Skills Higher-Order Thinking Skills 1. Synthesis How would you use …? What changes would you make to solve …? What examples can you find to… How would you improve …? How would you solve __ using what you have What would happen if …? learned …? Can you elaborate on the reason …? How would you organize __ to show …? Can you propose an alternative …? How would you show your understanding of …? Can you invent …? What approach would you use to …? How would you adapt __ to create a different …? How would you apply what you learned to How could you change the plot (plan) …? develop …? What could be done to minimize (maximize) …? What other way would you plan to …? What way would you design …? What would result if …? What could be combined to improve (change) …? Can you make use of the facts to …? How would you test or formulate a theory for …? What elements would you choose to change …? Can you predict the outcome if …? What facts would you select to show …? Can you construct a model that would change …? What questions would you ask in an interview with Can you think of an original way for the …? …? ©2006 Center for Resource Management. Application 6. Comprehension 5. Inc. Knowledge 4. Analysis What is …? What are the parts or features of …? How is …? How is __ related to …? Where is …? Why do you think …? When did __ happen? What is the theme …? How would you explain …? What motive is there …? Why did …? What conclusions can you draw …? How would you describe …? How would you classify …? Can you recall …? Can you identify the different parts …? How would you show …? What evidence can you find …? Can you select …? What is the relationship between …? Who (what) were the main …? Can you make a distinction between …? Can you list three …? What is the function of …? What ideas justify …? 2. Evaluation How would you classify the type of …? Do you agree with the actions? How would you compare …? Contrast …? Do you agree with the outcomes? How would you rephrase the meaning …? What is your opinion of …? What facts or ideas show …? How would you prove …? Disprove…? What is the main idea of …? Can you assess the value or importance of …? Which statements support …? What would you recommend …? Can you explain what is meant …? How would you rate or evaluate the …? What can you say about …? What choice would you have made …? Which is the best answer …? How would you prioritize …? How would you summarize …? What details would you use to support the view …? Why was it better that …? 3. .

List some common assumptions about ___. Prepare a flow chart to show the sequence. Design a relief map to include relevant Finish the incomplete ___. Write and perform a play based on the ___. Thousand Oaks. Make a chart showing ___. Prepare a report about the area of study. a particular aspect of the study. Prepare a list of criteria you would use to Illustrate what you think the main idea was. (2007) Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn’t Fit All (2nd ed. Prescribe a way to ___. Make a display to illustrate one event. Recite a poem. Devise an original plan or experiment for Make a collection about ___. Construct a graph to show ___. Knowledge 4. Propose a method to ___. Write a list of ___ or facts about ___. Prepare an annotated bibliography. Analysis Describe the ___. Create a model that shows your new ideas. List all the people in the story. C. Prepare a case to present you opinions about Write a news report. Design a questionnaire about __.).Suggested Activities for Bloom’s Taxonomy 1. & Chapman. ___. Application 6. CA: Corwin. Conduct an investigation to produce ___. Create a mural to depict ___. Adapted from Gregory. information about an event. Put on a play about ___. of ___. Synthesis Construct a model to demonstrate using it. judge a ___. Evaluation Cut out or draw pictures to show an event. 2. . Comprehension 5. Make a facts chart.H. Make a timeline of events. Make a hypothesis about ___. G. Make an acrostic. Indicate priority ratings Make a cartoon strip showing the sequence you would give. Scan a collection of photographs to illustrate Change ___ so that it will ___. Compare this ___ with ___. Form a discussion panel on the topic of ___. Give the book a new title. Construct a model of ___. 3. Rationalize your reactions. Review ___ in terms of identified criteria. Make a flow chart to show ___. ___. Conduct a debate about an issue.