Posted by: jockmackenzie | November 14, 2009

Court – Role Playing with Bloom’s

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A description of “Court” has appeared in a previous entry so I am guilty of repeating myself. This and following entries give more detail and added information.

Court – Role Playing Using Bloom’s Taxonomy

In the game of Court, members of the class assume the roles one would find in a real court of law – judge, bailiff, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, the accused (at least three students in my version), a jury, sometimes witnesses, and whoever is left becomes the viewing audience.

Step One – read a piece of work or view a movie clip. I start with a short story but have used our class novel study and have also had success using clips from a Clint Eastwood movie during our Western theme time.

Step Two – explain the idea of playing Court but tell the class that a slew of questions will be required. Hand out the two-sided sheet that follows. Here’s the front side:

Bloom’s Questions for Quality Thinking

KNOWLEDGE – remembering previously learned information

  • Who, what, when, where, how _______________________ ?
  • List three things about _____________________ .
  • Define ___________________________ .

COMPREHENSION – grasping the meaning of facts; showing understanding

  • Retell _______________________ in your own words.
  • Describe _______________________________ .
  • What is the main idea of ____________________________ .
  • Explain what ____________________________ is/means.

APPLICATION – using learned material in new ways

  • Construct a timeline that includes ____________________________ .
  • Use this term in a new sentence: ________________________ .
  • Demonstrate how _______________________ happened.
  • Draw a diagram that shows ____________________________ .
  • Teach/show me how ____________________________ works.

ANALYSIS – breaking down material into parts

  • Analyze the parts or features of ____________________________ .
  • Classify ___________________ according to ______________________.
  • Outline the main events in this story.
  • Compare _____________________ with ____________________ .
  • Distinguish between _________________ and ___________________ .

SYNTHESIS – putting parts together in a n new way, finding alternatives

  • Compose a ________________ (song, poem, newspaper article, etc.) about ________________
  • Combine _________________ with ___________________ .
  • Propose a solution to _______________________________ .
  • Create/design a new ______________________ (character, ending, etc.)

EVALUATION – making judgments about information, defending opinions

  • Judge the motivation of ___________________________ .
  • Discuss why ________________________ happened.
  • Recommend your favorite ___________________ in the story.
  • Rate ______________________ according to ___________________ .
  • Predict what would happen next.

Here’s the back of the page:

“Court” Questions from ___________________________________

Create questions and suggest answers.  (See the back for assistance.)

1. Knowledge (2)

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2.Comprehension (2)

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3.  Application (2)

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4.  Analysis (2)

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5.  Synthesis (1)

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6.  Evaluation (1

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Stay  tuned – another session of Court is scheduled soon


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