Analytical Tasks

  • Builds understanding by examining how things are put together and relate to each other.
  • Learners are asked to look closely at one or more things and to find similarities and differences.
  • Learners may look for relationships of cause and effect and discuss their meaning.



A well designed analytical task goes beyond simple analysis to the implications of what is found. For example, while creating a Venn diagram comparing Italy with England is a fine task, a better task would include some requirement to speculate or infer what the differences and similarities between the two nations mean.



Adapted from Bernie Dodge's WebQuest Taskonomy: A Taxonomy of Tasks