All teachers should encourage higher-level thinking in their classrooms. By forming open-ended questions that use words from the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, your students will develop their critical thinking skills. Being able to form higher-level questions will allow you to bring a wide variety of texts into your classroom.
- Work cooperatively
- Make and explain connections between texts and personal lives
- Develop critical-thinking skills
- Use scoring rubrics for peer feedback and evaluation as well as self-reflection
Critical Literacy: Enhancing Students' Comprehension of Text by Maureen McLaughlin and Glenn L. DeVoogd is great for helping students of any age make connections between the text and the world. The book is very helpful for creating open-ended questions that gauge students' comprehension of the text.