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Understanding the Prompt

Assignment Prompt Verbs: What do they mean?

Analysis Words

Word What it means
Analyze Dividing information into smaller parts to question the information.
Argue Giving evidence why you are for or against an idea. See Justify.
Assess Evaluate and form a decision. See Evaluate.
Critique To judge or analyze. Are you for or against? Use evidence for support.
Discuss Examine or analyze something with detail and relevant evidence.
Evaluate Making a judgement. Discuss strengths and weaknesses or pros and cons.
Justify Arguing why you support something while using evidence and examples.
Prove To convince the reader by providing a logical argument.
Synthesize Analyze and group the parts to make a whole.
Support Using evidence (research) to argue why you are supporting a position.

 

Synthesis Words

Word What it means
Analyze Dividing information into smaller parts to question the information.
Apply Use information to demonstrate how an idea or concept works in a situation.
Compare To identify similarities. Opposite of Contrast See Evaluate.
Contrast To identify differences between ideas. Opposite of Compare. See Evaluate.
Describe Explaining what something is, such as a process. See Illustrate.

Draw a Conclusion

To decide something based on the information.
Explain Clarifying why or how you used a method or made a conclusion.
Synthesize Analyze and group the parts to make a whole.

 

Interpretation Words

Word What it means
Classify Arranging information into categories (topic, ideas, paragraphs, or headings)
Define Providing the meaning of a word, concept, or theory.
Describe Explaining what something is, such as a process. See Illustrate.
Explain Clarifying why or how you used a method or made a conclusion.
Illustrate Showing how something works. May include a table or diagram.
Interpret Explaining the meaning from your perspective.
Provide your Rationale Demonstrating that the conclusion or decision is credible.
Reflect Providing what you learned. Your thoughts.

Summarize

Giving information in a brief way. A recap.

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