Organizing 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 Organizing. (in Bloom's taxonomy:
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.
Compare the properties of objects or events.
Classify the causes and effects of separate events into categories.
Represent visually, verbally and with symbols the social political and
economic, characteristics of Western Europe.
Order the settings of six novels based the richness of the described scenes.
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.
Compare the xxxxx before and after yyyyy .
Contrast the xxxxxx to the yyyyy .
Differentiate between xxxxx and yyyyy .
Classify xxxxx by zzzzzz.
Order zzzzz by xxxxx.
Group these xxxx by yyyy.
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