Generating is one of seven basic categories of thinking in the
higher order thinking skills
Sections below cover: definition;
content trigger questions for science, social science, and literature;
action words; and examples of general trigger questions.
Definition of Generating. (in Bloom's taxonomy:
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
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
Examples of Generating questions for Science, Social Science, Literature.
Draw conclusions; make predictions; pose hypotheses, tests, and explanations.
Predict, hypthesize,and conclude.
Infer characters' motivation; infer cause and effect.
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.
Hypothesize what will happen if xxxxx .
Predict what would be true if xxxxx .
Conclude what the result will be if xxxxx .
What if xxxxx had happened instead yyyyy?
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