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Bloom's Taxonomy

I want to concentrate on the Cognitive domain, and therein, mostly for first year history courses on the knowledge and comprehension categories - the first two. All of my exam essay questions should begin with terms from these two categories, and performance should be judged narrowly on students' demonstration of ability to answer the questions as they are asked.


Category

Example and Key Words

Knowledge: Recall data or information.
Examples: Recite a policy. Quote prices from memory to a customer. Knows the safety rules.
Key Words: defines, describes, identifies, knows, labels, lists, matches, names, outlines, recalls, recognizes, reproduces, selects, states.
Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.
Examples: Rewrites the principles of test writing. Explain in one�s own words the steps for performing a complex task. Translates an equation into a computer spreadsheet.
Key Words: comprehends, converts, defends, distinguishes, estimates, explains, extends, generalizes, gives Examples, infers, interprets, paraphrases, predicts, rewrites, summarizes, translates.