As I was researching this topic I thought, "Do teachers really care about this?" The answer is YES because we all want our children to THINK! I bet you already ask many of these, so take a look and then you can kiss your brain!
Level One – Knowledge – Ask students to identify and recall information.
What happened after ______?
Can you name _________?
Can you tell why ________?
True or false?
Level Two – Comprehension - Ask students to organize information or put it in another form.
What is the main idea?
Can you summarize?
What do you think might happen next?
Who was the main character?
Give an example______
Can you explain_____?
Level Three – Application - Have students use facts, rules, and principles.
How is ____related to ______?
Could you think of another instance where ____?
What would happen if______?
Who would this information be useful to?
Can you think of a lesson/rule from_______?
What would you do______?
Level Four – Analysis - Ask students to break information into parts.
How does ____compare/contrast with _____?
If ___ happened what might the ending be?
What are the parts of______?
What was the turning point____?
What was the problem with_____?
How is____ similar to ____?
What’s fact? What’s opinion?
Level Five – Synthesis - Invite students to compile information in a new way.
Can you think of a song… solution…
What ideas can you add to____?
Why do you suppose that____?
How many ways can you_____?
Level Six – Evaluation - Ask students to develop an opinion or make judgments.
Is there a better solution____?
How would you have handled____?
How would you feel if_____?
What changes would you recommend_____?
Do you agree______?
What do you think about____?
Hint! Write sample questions for each level on color coded paper. Store them in a can and use them to spark questions.