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Generating Thinking

Generating is one of seven basic categories of thinking in the higher order thinking skills ( Sections below cover: definition; specific content trigger questions for science, social science, and literature; key action words; and examples of general trigger questions.

Generating Thinking

Definition of Generating. (in Bloom's taxonomy: Application, synthesis)

Generating builds a structure of ideas that pulls together new and old information. Both deductive and inductive reasoning fall in this category. In deductive tasks, students are given a generalization and are required to recognize or explain the evidence that relates to it. Applications of rules and "if-then" relationships require inference. In inductive tasks, students are given the evidence or details and are required to come up with the generalization. Hypothesizing, predicting, concluding, elaborating based on prior experience all require students to relate and integrate information.

In scientific reasoning the terms interpolation and extrapolation are also used. For example, If the temperature for the months of January, February, April and May are known, reasonable estimates can be made for the average temperature in the missing month of March. This is interpolation. If the temperatures for January, February and March are known, reasonable estimates can be made for the temperature in the missing month of April. This is extrapolation.


Examples of Generating questions for Science, Social Science, Literature.


Use these key action words in the work of making generating.

deduce; anticipate; predict what if; infer; apply; speculate; conclude


 If I wanted to make this character more believable, how might I do it?


General Examples of Generating Trigger questions.

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