Benjamin Bloom devised a way to categorize reasoning skills based on the amount of critical thinking and reasoning involved. With Bloom's Taxonomy, there are six levels of skills ranked in order from the most basic to the most complex. As teachers we should ensure that questions we ask both in class and on written assignments and tests are pulled from all levels of the taxonomy pyramid. Unfortunately, many tests tend to focus only on the two lowest levels: Knowledge and Comprehension. The following list was created as an aid for teachers as they create questions for their lessons. It provides question stems and gives examples from across the curriculum for each level.
Example: Define mercantilism.
Example: Who was the author of Billy Budd.
Example: What is the capital of England?
Example: Name the inventor of the telephone.
Example: List the thirteen colonies.
Example: Label the capitals on this map of the United States.
Example: Locate the glossary in your textbook.
Example: Match the following inventors with their inventions.
Example: Select the correct author of War and Peace from the following list.
Example: Underline the noun.
Example: Explain the law of inertia using an example from an amusement park.
Example: Interpret the information found in this pie chart.
Example: Outline the main arguments for and against year round education.
Example: Discuss what it means to use context to determine the meaning of a word.
Example: Translate this passage into English.
Example: Restate the steps for a bill to become a law in your own words.
Example: Describe what is happening in this Civil War picture.
Example: Identify the correct method for disposing of recyclable trash.
Example: Which statements support implementing school uniforms.
Example: Summarize the first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Example: Using the information you have learned about mixed numbers, solve the following questions.
Example: Use Newton's Laws of Motion to explain how a model rocket works.
Example: Predict whether items float better in fresh water or salt water.
Example: Using the information you have learned about aerodynamics, construct a paper airplane that minimizes drag.
Example: Create and perform a skit which dramatizes an event from the Civil Rights era.
Example: Demonstrate how changing the location of the fulcrum affects a tabletop lever.
Example: Classify each observed mineral based on the criteria learned in class.
Example: Apply the rule of 70 to determine how quickly $1000 would double if earning 5% interest.
- Example: What is the function of the liver in the body.
- Example: What is the main idea of the story "The Tell-Tale Heart."
- Example: What assumptions do we have to make when discussing Einstein's Theory of Relativity?
Example: Analyze President Lincoln's motives for delivering the Gettysburg Address.
Example: Identify any biases that might exist when reading an autobiography.
Example: Examine the results of your experiment and record your conclusions.
Example: Investigate the propaganda techniques used in each of the following advertisements.
Example: Identify the point of view of each of the main characters in Hamlet.
Example: Create a haiku about a desert animal.
Example: Invent a new board game about Industrial Revolution inventors.
Example: Compose a new piece of music that includes chords in the key of C Major.
Example: Propose an alternative way to get students to clean up after themselves in the lunchroom.
Example: Plan an alternative meal to serve vegetarians during Thanksgiving.
Example: Design a campaign to help stop teenage smoking.
Example: Formulate a bill that you would like to see passed through Congress.
Example: Develop an idea for a science fair project that focuses on the effect of pollution on plant life.
Example: Evaluate the accuracy of the movie The Patriot.
Find the errors in the following math problem.
Example: Select the most appropriate action that you should take against a school bully. Justify your answer.
Example: Decide on a meal plan for the next week that includes all the required servings according to the Food Guide Pyramid.
Example: Are the arts an important part of a school's curriculum? Justify your answer.
Example: Debate the pros and cons of school vouchers.
Example: Judge the importance of students reading a play by Shakespeare while in high school.