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Higher Order Thinking Skills
Challenging All Students to Achieve

First Edition


January 2003 | 152 pages | Corwin
Explicit instruction in thinking skills must be a priority goal of all teachers. In this book, the author presents a framework of the five Rs: Relevancy, Richness, Relatedness, Rigor, and Recursiveness. The framework serves to illuminate instruction in critical and creative thinking skills for K-12 teachers across content areas.Each chapter treats one category of thinking skills. A chapter begins with a brief anecdote that illustrates the category, then discusses the skill, presents relevant life questions, and concludes by examining chosen strategies for the three thinking levels.
 
Introduction
 
1. Relevance
About Relevance

 
The Life Question

 
Understanding Information--Skills of Comparing and Contrasting

 
Generating Insight--Skills of Evaluating and Judging

 
Discerning Implications--Skills of Applying

 
 
2. Richness
About Richness

 
The Life Questions

 
Understanding Information--Skills of Classifying, Sorting, and Ranking

 
General Insight--Skills of Visualizing and Imagining

 
Discerning Implications--Skills of Creating, Innovating, and Inventing

 
 
3. Relatedness
About Relatedness

 
The Life Questions

 
Understanding Information--Skill of Connecting

 
Generating Insight--Skill of Forcing Relationships

 
Discerning Implications--Skill of Generalizing

 
 
4. Rigor
About Rigor

 
The Life Questions

 
Understanding Information--Skill of Explaining Why

 
Generating Insight--Skill of Inferring

 
Discerning Implications--Skills of Sequencing and Predicting

 
 
5. Recursiveness
About Recursiveness

 
The Life Questions

 
Understanding Information--Skill of Analyzing

 
General Insight--Skill of Making Analogies

 
Discerning Implications--Skill of Transferring

 
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix A: Brainstorming and Planning Lessons
 
Appendix B: Blacklines of Graphic Organizers
 
Bibliography

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ISBN: 9780971733251