This is a chart that explains the difference between explaining and analyzing. It includes sentence frames to use in order to scaffold student learning and application of these academic terms. Teaching the difference between explaining and analyzing is a skill that will support academic learning across the curriculum and is particularly useful for standardized test preparation. Teach the difference between the two words explicitly and give examples of how to apply each word. Then give your students a chance to try it with a familiar topic. Hold students accountable for the use of these and other academic terms in their speech and writing.