Useful table for using questions according to higher order thinking skills
 
Useful verbs Sample Questions

 

Activities

using a variety of learning styles

Comprehension

explain
interpret
outline
discuss
distinguish
predict
restate
translate
compare
describe

Can you put that into your own words...?
Can you write a brief summary...?
What do you think could happen next...?
What was the main idea...?
Who was the key character...?
Can you distinguish between...?

Cut out or draw pictures to show a particular event.
Illustrate what you think the main idea was.
Retell the story in your words.
Write a summary report of an event.
Prepare a flow chart to illustrate the sequence of events.
Make a colouring book.

Application

solve
show
use
illustrate
construct
complete
examine
classify

Do you know another instance where...?
Could this have happened in...?
What factors would you change if...?
Can you apply the method used to some experience of your own...?
What questions would you ask of...?

Make a scrapbook of cut out photographs about this topic.
Make a paper-mache map to include relevant information about an event.
Make a collection of photographs to demonstrate a particular point.
Design a market strategy for your product using a known strategy as a model.
Dress a doll in national costume.
Paint a mural using the same materials.

Analysis

analyse
distinguish
examine
compare
contrast
investigate
categorise
identify
explain
separate
advertise

Which events could have happened...?
How was this similar to...?
What do you see as other possible outcomes?
Why did ... changes occur?
Can you compare your ... with that presented in...?
Can you explain what must have happened when...?
How is ... similar to ...?
What are some of the problems of...?

 

Design a questionnaire to gather information.
Write a commercial to sell a new product.
Conduct an investigation to produce information to support a view.
Make a family tree showing relationships.

Synthesis

create
invent
compose
predict
plan
construct
design
imagine
propose
devise
formulate

Can you see a possible solution to...?
If you had access to all resources how would you deal with...?
What would happen if...?
How many ways can you...?
Can you create new and unusual uses for...?
Can you write a new recipe for a tasty dish?

Invent a machine to do a specific task.
Design a building for a specific purpose.
Create a new product. Give it a name and plan a marketing campaign.
Write about your feelings in relation to...
Write a TV show, play, puppet show, role play, song or pantomime about...?
Design a CD, book, or magazine cover for...?

Evaluation

judge
select
choose
decide
justify
debate
verify
argue
recommend
assess
discuss
rate
prioritise
determine

Is there a better solution to...
Judge the value of...
Can you defend your position about...?
Do you think ... is a good or a bad thing?
How would you have handled...?
What changes to ... would you recommend?
Do you believe?
How would you feel if...?

Prepare a list of criteria to judge any kind of show.
Conduct a debate about an issue of special interest.
Make a booklet about five rules you see as important. Convince others.
Form a panel to discuss views, e.g. "Learning at School."
Write a letter to ... advising on changes needed at...
Prepare a case to present your view... and also the opposite view...


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