2 12 Powerful Words Help all students: To better understand what each question meansTo become familiar with words that require higher order thinking skillsTo relieve test anxietyTo achieve better on tests
3 Trace Example: Using the paragraph, trace the steps of cell mitosis. List in 1, 2, 3 orderList in stepsSequence
4 AnalyzeExample: Which of the following analyzes how the author used personification?Break apartThink throughBreak into pieces
5 InferExample: In the story, infer how Red Riding Hood felt when she realize the wolf was Grandma?Read between the linesWhat do you think?
6 Evaluate Example: Evaluate the value of x in this equation. Judge its worth
7 FormulateExample: Formulate an opinion about this issue and express it in a short paragraph.Come up withPlan
8 DescribeExample: Which of the following best describes the author’s mood?Tell in your own wordsWho, What, When, Where, Why, How
9 SupportExample: Which of the following sentences best supports the main idea.Back up with detailsTell whyHow do you know?
10 ExplainExample: Based on this paragraph, explain how viruses spread from one person to another.Tell howWho, What, When, Where, Why, How
11 Summarize Example: Which of the following best summarizes the story? Give me the short version
12 CompareExample: Compare the government of Great Britain to the governments of the United States.How are they the sameAlike
13 ContrastExample: Contrast the government of the United States and Cuba.How are they different?
14 Predict Example: In a short paragraph, predict how the story will end. What will happen nextWhat will happen in the future?
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