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Bloom's Taxonomy -

Cognitive Domain Level

Thinking dispositions

  1. Thinking objectives
  2. Understanding performances





Interest dispositions

Level 1 - Knowledge


Possess information

Level 2 - Comprehension


Understanding put into own words

define; identify; label; locate; match; name; read; reproduce; restate; state; view; observe

ask; discover; listen; research; comprehend; brainstorm; describe; discuss; explain; summarize; give examples; generalize

ads; television; radio; newspapers; cartoons; magazines; books; records; videos; CDs; filmstrips; films; WWW; maps; models; people

brainstorm; watch a film; role play; debate; illustrate; practice a play; respond to peers;

Level 3 - Application


Apply to a new situation

teach/explain/model; plan; list; construct; record; outline; relate facts; manipulate; experiment; interview; investigate; communicate; diagram; calculate

diary; collection; puzzle; diagram; photographs; map; sculpture; diorama; scrapbook; stitchery; mobile; model; illustration; sketch; database; spreadsheet; software

write an autobiography; design a display; make a map; interview; do an experiment; do research;

Level 4 - Analysis


Take something apart and study it

categorize; group; classify; organize; separate; analyze; dissect; question; investigate; survey; attribute; illustrate; point out; prioritize

graph; survey; questionnaire; chart; commercial; report; diagram; table; spreadsheet; database

note-taking; make a collage; write a song; make a tableau; read;


Level 5 - Synthesis


Bring together knowledge

to form a new idea

combine; compose; compile; invent; create; design; devise; formulate; generate; revise; rearrange; S.C.A.M.P.E.R.; modify; substitute; reorganize; imagine; wonder; write; produce; substitute; reason; pro/con; construct an argument; deduce/induce; interpret; predict; infer; estimate; make connections; make analogies; define distinctions; see things from different points of view; brainstorm solutions; collaborate; communicate; facilitate; formulate; intervene; negotiate

story; poem; play; cartoon; news article; TV, radio, video show; original audio tape; cartoon; play; advertisement; pantomime song; architectural structure; magazine; invention; recipe; new game; new product; puppet show; machine; new color, smell, taste; original alphabet book; Powerpoint, Hyperstudio, KidPix presentation

collaborate; dance; sing;

act; play and explore;

talk and present





Level 6 - Evaluation


Make a judgment according

to a standard or criteria

evaluate; judge; discuss; make decisions; choose; recommend; justify; critique; assess; debate; set standards; give evidence; prove; criticize; editorialize; self-reflect; defend

critique; recommendation; letter; group discussion; panel; news item; court trial; survey; conclusion; value; self-evaluation


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