Bloom's Taxonomy with Key Words

Knowledge - Recall
Forming questions, which ask for facts to be recalled, is a type of thinking often classified as knowledge. At this level of thought the learner shows in some basic way knowledge of some basics. "Questions often start with words such as who, what, when, or where. The learner may be asked to match, list, recall, underline, pick, say, or show. At the knowledge level, it is easy to decide whether an answer is correct or incorrect."

Key Words

who
what
why
when
omit
where
which
choose
find
how
define
show
spell
list
match
name relate
tell
recall
select
label


Comprehension - Explain
The comprehension level of thinking shows that you understand what you have heard or read. Questions at this level ask the learner to restate something, rewrite, give an example, illustrate, define, summarize, or otherwise prove that the knowledge or basic facts have become internalized. Main idea questions, as well as vocabulary questions, which ask you to define or use the word, are at the comprehension level.

Key Words

compare
contrast
demonstrate
interpret explain
extend
illustrate
infer outline
relate

rephrase
translate
summarize
show
classify


Application - Use
The application level of thinking asks that knowledge be used in some way. The question may ask you to organize your facts, construct some model, draw or paint an example, collect data from reading or data, and/or demonstrate or dramatize an event.

Key Words

apply
build
choose
construct
develop
interview
make use of
organize
experiment with
plan
select
utilize
model
identify
solve



Analysis - Take Apart
The analysis level asks the learner to examine the facts, to classify, survey, experiment, categorize, or explore. For example, a list of problems faced by characters in a reading is analysis. Analysis questions can include take apart, analyze, categorize, compare, contrast, subdivide, classify, or outline.

Key Words

analyze
categorize
classify
compare
contrast
discover
divide
examine
inspect
simplify
survey
take part in
test for
distinguish
list
distinction
theme
relationships
function
motive
inference
assumption
conclusion
dissect




Synthesis - Make it new
The synthesis level of thinking asks your mind to play around with new information and form new images. The knowledge you received combines with what you already have to make a new connection. Some process words for synthesis are imagine, combine, role-play, compose, invent, predict, create, design, adapt, develop.

Key Words

build
choose
combine
compile
compose
construct
create
design
develop
formulate
imagine
invent
make up
originate
plan
predict
propose
solve solution
suppose
discuss
modify
change
original
improve
adapt
minimize
maximize
delete
theorize
elaborate
test
improve
happen
change
estimate




Evaluation - Judge it
The evaluation level of thinking asks that you judge according to some standard. A question can ask you to identify an important criterion to complete a task, or ask that you rate something based upon a predetermined criterion.

Key Words

award
choose
conclude
criticize
decide
defend
determine
dispute
evaluate
justify
measure
compare
recommend
rule on
select
agree appraise
prioritize
opinion
interpret
explain
support
importance
criteria
prove
disprove
assess
influence
perceive
value
estimate
influence
deduct
judge
mark
rate