Designing Effective Projects : Thinking Skills Frameworks
Bloom's Taxonomy: A New Look at an Old Standby

Cognitive Processes Dimensions

Cognitive Processes  Examples
Remembering—Produce the right information from memory
  • Identify frogs in a diagram of different kinds of amphibians.
  • Find an isosceles triangle in your neighbourhood.
  • Answer any true-false or multiple-choice questions.
  • Name three 20th century women African authors.
  • Write the multiplication facts.
  • Reproduce the chemical formula for carbon tetrachloride.
Understanding—Make meaning from educational materials or experiences
  • Translate a story problem into an algebraic equation.
  • Draw a diagram of the digestive system.
  • Paraphrase Mandela's Inaugural Address.
  • Draw a parallelogram.
  • Find an example of stream-of-consciousness style of writing.
  • Name a mammal that lives in our area.
  • Label numbers odd or even.
  • List the kinds of governments found in modern African nations.
  • Group animals into their proper species.
  • Make up a title for a short passage.
  • List the key points related to capital punishment that the website promotes.
  • Read a passage of dialogue between two characters and make conclusions about their past relationship.
  • Figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar term from the context.
  • Look at a series of numbers and predict what the next number will be.
  • Explain how the heart is like a pump.
  • Write about an experience you have had that was like South Africans being relocated.
  • Use a Venn diagram to demonstrate how two books by Charles Dickens are similar and different.
  • Draw a diagram explaining how air pressure affects the weather.
  • Provide details that justify why the French Revolution happened, when and how it did.
  • Describe how interest rates affect the economy.
Applying—Use a procedure
  • Add a column of two-digit numbers.
  • Orally read a passage in a foreign language.
  • Kick a soccer ball.
  • Design an experiment to see how plants grow in different kinds of soil.
  • Proofread a piece of writing.
  • Create a budget.
Analyzing—Break a concept down into its parts and describe how the parts relate to the whole
  • List the important information in a mathematical word problem and cross out the unimportant information.
  • Draw a diagram showing the major and minor characters in a novel.
  • Place the music in your i-Pod into categories.
  • Make a chart of often-used figurative devices and explain their effect.
  • Make a diagram showing the ways plants and animals in your neighborhood interact with each other.
  • Read letters to the editor to determine the authors’ points of view about a local issue.
  • Determine a character’s motivation in a novel or short story.
  • Look at brochures of political candidates and hypothesize about their perspectives on issues.
Evaluating—Make judgments based on criteria and standards
  • Participate in a writing group, giving peers feedback on organization and logic of arguments.
  • Listen to a political speech and make a list of any contradictions within the speech (but dont tell the politician ;-)).
  • Review a project plan to see if all the necessary steps are included.
  •  Judge how well a project meets the criteria of a rubric.
  • Choose the best method for solving a complex mathematical problem.
  • Judge the validity of arguments for and against astrology.
Creating—Put pieces together to form something new or recognize components of a new structure.
  • Given a list of criteria, list some options for improving race relations in the school.
  • Generate several scientific hypotheses to explain why plants need sunshine.
  • Propose a set of alternatives for reducing dependence on fossil fuels that address both economic and environmental concerns.
  • Come up with alternative hypotheses based on criteria.
  • Make a storyboard for a multimedia presentation on insects.
  • Outline a research paper on Alan Paton's views on religion.
  • Design a scientific study to test the effect of different kinds of music on hens’ egg production.
  • Write a journal from the point of view of an exiled South African in the 1970's.
  • Build a habitat for local water fowl.
  • Put on a play based on a chapter from a novel you’re reading.


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