Nurture S.M.A.R.T.E.R Thinking: 52 Task Cards
One of the joys of teaching literature is watching students' confidence levels rise during writing and speaking sessions because their thinking skills are gaining mental muscles. This product, "Nurture S.M.A.R.T.E.R Thinking: 52 Task Cards", fosters students' higher level thinking by following the Bloom's Taxonomy philosophy. Each of the letters in the title's acronym represents of Bloom's six categories:
Bloom's Taxonomy is aligned with the Common Core Standards College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards which teachers can adapt to their state's standards. The Teacher Notes (p.2) specifies the verbs used for the task cards, and then explains:
"Who: Teachers identify-grade level, ability levels, and special-needs students
What: Students will strengthen their critical thinking skills while writing about literature using verbs from the six categories composing Bloom's Taxonomy (See Bloom's Taxonomy above).
When: Present these activities anytime during the reading, but before the final assessment on the literature, and
Why: These activities offer a variety of writing exercises that engage diverse thinking skills, resulting in fortified, improved and advanced cognition."
Suggestions for How to use the cards completes the explanation.
Student Notes (p.3) presents an Introduction to Bloom's Taxonomy and building mental muscle:
Bloom’s Taxonomy is a system encouraging you to strengthen your thinking skills. This structure forms the foundation of these task cards by challenging you to focus your thinking, writing and speaking about the literature you are studying by using specific verbs. The activities propose a variety of writing exercises that engage all of the components of your brain, and urge you to use them to travel beyond Knowledge, Comprehension and Application into the realms of Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation.
• Knowledge asks you to identify and recall the basics of the text.
• Comprehension expects you to find and support understanding of textual basics such as the elements of literature, facts, ideas and viewpoints the author presents.
• Application transports you from thinking and talking about the text to using your knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways.
• Analysis urges you to deep dive into the reading to explore all angles of the text and subtexts for their meanings, and to combine your opinions and inferences with solid supporting details.
• Synthesis requires you to combine all of your understanding from the first four thinking categories and to transform that awareness into a unique creation.
• Evaluation offers you the opportunity to show the worth of the literature you have studied through opinions and judgments you can defend with the understanding you have developed from all of the categories."
This is followed by the Requirements for using the cards and Notes about cards with connected topics and whether they should be used consecutively or non-consecutively during the writing sessions.
These 52 cards give teachers a full deck of writing and speaking ideas, and presents students' with a mental muscle development regimen.
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Comprehension: Literature Task Cards
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