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Thank you to Lucy for this article on her use of Bloom’s taxonomy in English. An idea that can easily be used in other subjects.

Recently, I have become a little bit addicted to Pinterest, and this is an idea that I found and have adapted for my own teaching.

The basic idea is that students have a creative way to demonstrate their learning on a topic; this could be as an on-going project throughout a unit, or as a summary at the end of study. All that you need to do is design 12 questions/tasks which use Bloom’s Taxonomy for activities from knowledge through to synthesis.

Bloom balls

How you could use it in teaching:

  • students could be given the template as a plenary/homework/lesson activity throughout the study of a topic
  • groups could be given the 12 tasks to complete on the templates, differentiating for each student dependent on ability or area for development
  • Instead of a Bloom Ball, the method of using Bloom’s taxonomy for assessment could be adapted in other creative ways.

Template: http://birkyenglish.pbworks.com/f/Bloom+Ball+Template.pdf

Example activities:

KNOWLEDGE, REMEMBERING

  • Colourfully write the title and the author of the reading selection. Use up the entire space of the circle. Make it creative and attractive.
  • Use complete sentences to write four fun facts about the author. Use your own words.
  • Create a flow-chart of the time-line of the events in the reading selection.
  • Define three challenging vocabulary words from the reading selection. Write the words and their definitions in the target language.
  • Include an important quotation that is directly related to the theme of the reading selection. Attribute the quote to the character.
  • Design a new cover for the reading selection.

 

COMPREHENSION, UNDERSTANDING

  • List three problems faced by the main character. Use complete sentences.
  • Describe the main character. Include both physical and personality characteristics in the description. Infer in five sentences what might have happened next.
  • Draw comparisons and connections between the culture of the country of the target language and your own country.

 

APPLICATION, APPLYING

  • Illustrate setting of the reading selection in a picture or a map. Label it.
  • Draw a picture of the funniest, saddest or the most exciting part of the reading selection. Explain your drawing in two sentences under the picture.
  • Create a pretend interview with the main character for a popular on-line magazine.
  • Draw an important symbol from the reading selection. Describe it in detail in five sentences.
  • Write a poem about the reading selection. It can be a haiku, an acrostic poem, a rhyming one,a “shape” poem etc. Your choice.
  • Write the main character’s name along the edge of the circle. Using the letters in the name, write details about the main character.

 

ANALYSIS, ANALYZING

  • Using the five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling; describe the setting of the reading selection. Was the setting a backdrop for the reading selection, or was it a necessary part of the reading selection.
  • Examine the conflict and the antagonist of the reading selection. Illustrate it with a symbol. Describe it in five sentences in detail.
  • List 10 unique or unusual words that the author used in the reading selection.
  • In a paragraph write a different ending for the reading selection.
  • Write a summary of the reading selection. Include only the plot and main ideas.
  • Investigate the main character’s motives. Answer the questions: why did he/she behave as he/she did and do what he/she did?

 

EVALUATION, EVALUATING

  • Evaluate the reading selection. What did you like or dislike about the selection?
  • Write a paragraph telling your opinion of the reading selection. To whom would you recommend the reading selection?
  • Explain if you think that the main character made good or poor decisions. Why?

 

  • SYNTHESIS, SYNTHESIZING
  • Draw a Venn Diagram including at least three connections from the book to your life.
  • Describe connections and comparisons between you and the events or characters in the reading selection.
  • Select the overall message/theme of the reading selection about life that the author is trying to convey.
  • Site an example of humour in the reading selection in five sentences. It may be an example of irony, satire, physical humour or humour unique to that culture.

(Questions from: http://www.nectfl.org/sites/nectfl.drupalgardens.com/files/201304/Dete%20TL%20Bloom’s%20Ball.pdf)

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