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Higher Order Thinking Skills

Higher Order Thinking Skills
Challenging All Students to Achieve

First Edition

July 2007 | 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.
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  
Appendix A: Brainstorming and Planning Lessons
Appendix B: Blacklines of Graphic Organizers

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ISBN: 9780971733251