From “Summarize” to “Synthesize” — from by Ian Byrd


Here’s how you can take a plain ol’ “summarize this story/book/article” task, raise the thinking, and (yes) make it actually interesting.

We’re going to use my favorite Bloom’s Taxonomy sequence. We use Analyze to set up Evaluate and then let it naturally flow into Synthesis.

The criteria is so important when we ask students to form an opinion! Dull and predictable criteria will lead to dull thinking. Unexpected criteria will lead to unexpected thinking.