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Organizing Thinking

Organizing 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.

Organizing Thinking

Definition of Organizing. (in Bloom's taxonomy: Comprehension)

This category relates to some of the skills in the Bloom level of comprehension and analysis. These tasks require learners to structure information so that it can be more deeply understood or presented more clearly. For example, to recognize and explain similarities and differences. Simple comparisons require attention to one or a few very obvious attributes or component processes. Higher levels of organizing also include grouping items into categories based on their features, sequencing things according to a given characteristic, and representing by changing toe form of the information to show relationships, such as taking an understanding and text and explaining things visually.

Certain language patterns are common triggers to the mental activity that will follow. For example, when discussing similarities, the term both or neither would commonly be used, as in "they both require an understanding of calculus" or "neither involve swimming while holding your breath."  With differences, expressions might be positive to negative, such as "a laptop computer can, but a desktop computer cannot." More common is to use the suffix of "er" as in one is taller, wider, weaker, such as "an ink pen mark is darker and easier to read in contrast to the fainter markings of a pencil" or terms such as less or more.


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


Organizing. Use these key action words in the work of organizing.

compare, differentiate, contrast, order, classify, distinguish, relate


 Compare the themes of these two stories.


General Examples of Organizing Trigger questions.

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