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Evaluation Thinking

Sections below cover: definition; specific content trigger questions for science, social science, and literature; key action words; and examples of general trigger questions.

 These evaluation activities are synonymous with the term critical thinking. For additional resources related to learning and teaching this topic, consider:

Evaluation Thinking

Definition of Evaluation. (in Bloom's taxonomy: evaluation)

These tasks require us to judge quality, credibility, worth or practicality. Generally we expect students to use established criteria and explain how these criteria are or are not met. Criteria are standards, rules, or tests on which a judgment or decision can be based. The criteria might be established rules of evidence, logic, or shared values. Bloom's levels of synthesis and evaluation are involved in this category. To evaluate, students must assemble and explain the interrelationship of evidence and reasons in support of their conclusion (synthesis). Explanation of criteria for reaching a conclusion is unique to evaluative reasoning.
  • How to compose a response to an evaluation question or problem.
  • Evaluation Writing Template.




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


    Use these key action words in the work of Evaluation.

    evaluate, argue, judge, recommend, assess, debate, appraise, critique, defend


     Evaluate this story. Is it well written? Why or why not?


    General Examples of Evaluation Trigger questions.

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