Common Core Critical Thinking & Reading Guide
This guide offers a visual of how to think through the analysis of text or preparation of an expository essay, for example and can provide students opportunities to engage in thinking skills reflective of Common Core standards, which will also be required standards in World Languages.
In A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Anderson, Krathwohl, and others (2001) presented a paradigm that supports accessing and building of students’ prior linguistic and experiential knowledge as a way to enhance new conceptual development. A synthesis of Bloom’s Taxonomy, The Cognitive Process Dimension identifies six behavioral areas integral to effectively processing information.
Critical Thinking examples and questions include:
1) Remembering (Recognizing, Recalling,
2) Understanding (Interpreting, Exemplifying, Classifying, Summarizing, Inferring, Comparing, Explaining,
3) Applying (Executing, Implementing)
4) Analyzing (Differentiating, Organizing, Attributing),
5) Evaluating (Checking, Critiquing) and
6) Creating (Generating, Planning, Producing), a concept whereby students synthesize information, by combining “elements together to form a coherent or functional whole,” then reorganize “elements into new patterns or structures,” and finally engage in conceptual problem solving activity. This document includes in English and Spanish:
A Reading Anticipation Guides
Categorized Critical Thinking Questions
Model Guided Questions for the Instructor to enhance students’ analytical and writing skills
Student Reading and Writing Assessment Questionnaires
Reciprocal (Partner) Reading Guides
Reading Graphic Organizers – Visualizing, Analyzing Text Structure, Summarizing, Paraphrasing, Comparing/Contrasting and Personal Response (Spanish)