Thursday, March 20, 2014


Bloom’s Taxonomy is probably the most well-known hierarchy of assessing thinking.
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.
How many_______?
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.
Re-tell _________
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_____?
Describe _____

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____?
What if______? 
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.