From Critical Thinking—Mentoring Minds.com- developed by Michael L. Lujan, M.Ed.

Knowledge- Power Words

choose
circle
count
define
describe
find
how
identify
know
label
list
locate
match
memorize
name
outline
pick
point to
quote
read
recall
recite
recognize
record
repeat
say
select
show
spell
state
study
tell
underline
view
what
when
where
which
who
why
write

Questioning Prompts:
  • What do you remember about_?
  • How would you define_?
  • How would you identify?
  • How would you recognize?
  • What would you choose?
  • Describe what happens when?
  • How is (are)?
  • Which one_?
  • Who was?
  • Why did?
  • What is (are)?
  • When did?
  • How would you outline?

Comprehension- Power Words

add
approximate
articulate
associate
calculate
categorize
characterize
clarify
define
demonstrate
describe
discuss
distinguish
elaborate
estimate
example
give
identify
illustrate
infer
interact
interpolate
interpret
map
compare
communicate
comprehend
conclude
contrast
construct
explain
express
extend
extrapolate
factor
generalize
match
model
observe
paraphrase
predict
relate
rephrase
report
represent
restate
retell
rewrite
review
subsume
subtract
summarize
trace
translate
understand

Questioning Prompts
  • How would you compare? Contrast_?
  • How would you clarify the meaning_?
  • How would you differentiate between_?
  • How would you generalize?
  • How would you express_?
  • What can you infer from_?
  • What did you observe_?
  • How would you identify?
  • How can you describe?
  • Will you restate or elaborate?


Application- Power Words

acquire
action
act out
adapt
alter
answer
apply
calculate
delineate
determine
develop
do
dramatize
draw
employ
exhibit
prepare
participate
perform
place
practice
predict
present
produce
carry out
conduct
change
choose
compute
construct
illustrate
make
manipulate
modify
operate
organize
put into
select
show
sketch
solve
respond

Questioning Prompts:
  • What other way would you choose to?
  • How would you demonstrate_?
  • How would you present_?
  • How would you change_?
  • How would you modify?
  • How could you develop?
  • Why does work?
  • How would you alter _to_?
  • What actions would you perform_?
  • How would you develop _to present?
  • What other way would you choose to?
  • How would you demonstrate_?
  • How would you present_?
  • How would you change_?


Analysis- Power Words

analyze
ask
catalog
categorize
chart
classify
compare
contrast
divide
document
edit
examine
explain
focus
identify
infer
parse
point out
proofread
reason
review
segment
select
sequence
correlate
decode
deduce
diagram
differentiate
dissect
distinguish
inquire
inspect
inventory
monitor
observe
order
outline
sort
survey
transform

Questioning Prompts:
  • How can you classify according to_?
  • How can you compare the different parts_?
  • What explanation do you have for?
  • How is connected to_?
  • How can you sort the parts?
  • Discuss the pros and cons of_?
  • How would you explain?
  • What can you point out about?
  • What can you infer_?
  • What ideas validate?
  • How would you change_?


Synthesis- Power Words

adopt
arrange
assemble
blend
build
collect
combine
compile
cultivate
design
detect
develop
devise
dictate
elaborate
establish
generate
glean
graph
hypothesis
imagine
incorporate
integrate
interact
compose
concoct
connect
construct
coordinate
create
explain
form
format
formulate
frame
gather
invent
judge
make
model
monitor
organize
participate
plan
portray
produce
publish
rearrange
refine
reorganize
revise
rewrite
summarize
synthesize
test
write

Questioning Prompts:
  • What alternatives would you suggest for?
  • What changes would you make to revise?
  • How would you explain the reason?
  • How would you generate a plan to?
  • What could you invent?
  • What facts can you gather?
  • Predict the outcome if?
  • What would happen if?
  • How would you portray?
  • Devise a way to?
  • How would you compile the facts for?


Evaluation- Power Words

agree
appraise
appreciate
assess
choose
compare
conclude
consider
design
determine
discriminate
dispute
editorialize
estimate
evaluate
explain
perceive
prioritize
prove
rate
recommend
relate
select
summarize
construct
contrast
criticize
critique
debate
decide
defend
grade
hypothesize
influence
interpret
judge
justify
measure
support
test
value
verify

Questioning Prompts:
  • What criteria would you use to assess?
  • What data was used to evaluate?
  • What choice would you have made?
  • How would you determine the facts?
  • What is the most important?
  • How could you verify?
  • Rate the?
  • How would you grade?
  • What is your opinion of__?