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Recall Thinking

Recall is one of five basic categories of thinking in the North Carolina 1992-93 booklet on thinking assessment and later in the 1994 revisions. Sections below cover definition, key action words, and examples of trigger questions.

Original Source: North Carolina End-of-Grade Testing Program pamphlet. (1992-93). Testing Section, Division of Accountability Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Recall Thinking

Definition of Recall. (in Bloom's taxonomy: recall, comprehension)

Most tasks require that learners recognize or remember key facts, definitions, concepts, rules, and principles. Recall questions require students to repeat verbatim or to paraphrase given information. To recall information, students need most often to rehearse or practice it, and then to associate it with other, related concepts. The Bloom taxonomy levels of knowledge and comprehension are subsumed here, since verbatim repetition and translation into the student's own words represent acceptable evidence of learning and understanding.

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Use these key action words in the work of recalling.

define, repeat , identify, what, label, when, list, who, name


 List the names of the main characters in the story.

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Other General Examples of Recall Trigger Questions.

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