Higher Order Thinking Skills: Useful Verbs, Sample Question Stems, Potential Activities & Products

by frances 7. January 2010 11:05

The following table has been taken (in part) from a website that is now not available. However, the information contained within this site is invaluable!!! so I have reproduced it here. It shows teachers the potential activities and products to introduce into their WebQuest which will produce Higher Order Thinking Skills - HOTS so highly recommended by the creators of the WebQuest concept - Prof. Bernie Dodge and Tom March.

Analysis

Useful Verbs

Sample Question Stems

Potential activities and products
analyse
distinguish
examine
compare
contrast
investigate
categorise
identify
explain
separate
advertise
Which events could have happened...?
I ... happened, what might the ending have been?
How was this similar to...?
What was the underlying theme of...?
What do you see as other possible outcomes?
Why did ... changes occur?
Can you compare your ... with that presented in...?
Can you explain what must have happened when...?
How is ... similar to ...?
What are some of the problems of...?
Can you distinguish between...?
What were some of the motives behind...?
What was the turning point in the game?
What was the problem with...?
Design a questionnaire to gather information.
Write a commercial to sell a new product.
Conduct an investigation to produce information to support a view.
Make a flow chart to show the critical stages.
Construct a graph to illustrate selected information.
Make a jigsaw puzzle.
Make a family tree showing relationships.
Put on a play about the study area.
Write a biography of the study person.
Prepare a report about the area of study.
Arrange a party. Make all the arrangements and record the steps needed.
Review a work of art in terms of form, colour and texture.

Synthesis

    

Useful Verbs

Sample Question Stems

Potential activities and products
create
invent
compose
predict
plan
construct
design
imagine
propose
devise
formulate
Can you design a ... to ...?
Why not compose a song about...?
Can you see a possible solution to...?
If you had access to all resources how would you deal with...?
Why don't you devise your own way to deal with...?
What would happen if...?
How many ways can you...?
Can you create new and unusual uses for...?
Can you write a new recipe for a tasty dish?
can you develop a proposal which would...
Invent a machine to do a specific task.
Design a building to house your study.
Create a new product. Give it a name and plan a marketing campaign.
Write about your feelings in relation to...
Write a TV show, play, puppet show, role play, song or pantomime about...?
Design a record, book, or magazine cover for...?
Make up a new language code and write material suing it.
Sell an idea.
Devise a way to...
Compose a rhythm or put new words to a known melody.

Evaluation

    

Useful Verbs

Sample Question Stems

Potential activities and products
judge
select
choose
decide
justify
debate
verify
argue
recommend
assess
discuss
rate
prioritise
determine
Is there a better solution to...
Judge the value of...
Can you defend your position about...?
Do you think ... is a good or a bad thing?
How would you have handled...?
What changes to ... would you recommend?
Do you believe?
Are you a ... person?
How would you feel if...?
How effective are...?
What do you think about...?
Prepare a list of criteria to judge a ... show. Indicate priority and ratings.
Conduct a debate about an issue of special interest.
Make a booklet about 5 rules you see as important. Convince others.
Form a panel to discuss views, eg "Learning at School."
Write a letter to ... advising on changes needed at...
Write a half yearly report.
Prepare a case to present your view about...
(Source: http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/dalton.htm)
       
This table is a great jumping point to working out how to incorporate Higher Order Thinking Skills into a WebQuest!
Here is another table with similar verbs!

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