Analyze: examine the parts of an item and discuss how they are related.
Compare: look at two or more items and show how they are the same of different
Contrast: compare two or more items to show differences between them
Criticize: give your opinion or judgment about the positive and negative points
Define: give the meaning of
Describe: write about it, “paint a picture with words.” Do so in a logical sequence.
Diagram: Make a drawing, graph, or chart and label its parts.
Discuss: talk something over, looking at positive and negative points
Enumerate: list facts using numbers
Evaluate: give your opinion of the importance of something; give advantages and disadvantages
Explain: make something clear that is not understood; tell how something happened or how to do something
Hypothesize: think about what would happen if…
Illustrate: explain your answer in writing and make it clear using examples, stories, pictures, charts, diagrams
Interpret: explain your answer in writing and make it clear
Justify: give a reason for or defend something; give evidence
List: produce answers in words or sentences and number them
Outline: list a plan that gives only the main ideas; summarize showing how the ideas are organized
Prove: give evidence or argue that something is true
Relate: show how one thing is connected to or similar to another
Review: examine and talk about the important parts of something; discuss positive and negative points
State: tell; express precisely; sentences should be brief and should omit details
Summarize: give only the main points of a thing or event, not details or examples
Trace: follow the development of (the history of) something from beginning to end