J Richard Knapp

Analysis Level

What are the parts or features of ...? How is _______ related to ...? Why do you think ...? What is the theme ...? What motive is there ...? Can you list the parts ...? What inference can you make ...? What conclusions can you draw ...? How would you classify ...? How would you categorize ...? Can you identify the difference parts ...? What evidence can you find ...? What is the relationship between ...? Can you make a distinction between ...? What is the function of ...? What ideas justify ...?

Synthesis Level

What changes would you make to solve ...? How would you improve ...? What would happen if ...? Can you elaborate on the reason ...? Can you propose an alternative ...? Can you invent ...? How would you adapt ________ to create a different ...? How could you change (modify) the plot (plan) ...? What could be done to minimize (maximize) ...? What way would you design ...? What could be combined to improve (change) ...? Suppose you could _______ what would you do ...? How would you test ...? Can you formulate a theory for ...? Can you predict the outcome if ...? How would you estimate the results for ...? What facts can you compile ...? Can you construct a model that would change ...? Can you think of an original way for the ...?


Evaluation Level

Do you agree with the actions ...? with the outcomes ...? What is your opinion of ...? How would you prove ...? disprove ...? Can you assess the value or importance of ...? Would it be better if ...? Why did they (the character) choose ...? What would you recommend ...? How would you rate the ...? What would you cite to defend the actions ...? How would you evaluate ...? How could you determine ...? What choice would you have made ...? What would you select ...? How would you prioritize ...? What judgment would you make about ...? Based on what you know, how would you explain ...? What information would you use to support the view ...? How would you justify ...? What data was used to make the conclusion ...? Why was it better that ...? How would you prioritize the facts ...? How would you compare the ideas ...? people ...?

Robotics Competition

Here's a great idea for homeschool families! Create a robotics competition for young people in your community.  Be the leaders/organizers. Make sure that it is open to everyone.  There are a number of designs listed on the internet. I suggest you find the design that best fits your situation. 

If you have no idea where to start with HTML Coding, just give me a contact. I had my 10 year old grandson well on his way in just a short time.

Comprehension Level

How would you classify the type of ...? How would you compare ...? contrast ...? Will you state or interpret in your own words ...? How would you rephrase the meaning ...? What facts or ideas show ...? What is the main idea of ...? Which statements support ...? Can you explain what is happening . . . what is meant . . .? What can you say about ...? Which is the best answer ...? How would you summarize ...?

Lower Three Levels of Taxonomy

Application Level

How would you use ...? What examples can you find to ...? How would you solve _______ using what you have learned ...? How would you organize _______ to show ...? How would you show your understanding of ...? What approach would you use to ...? How would you apply what you learned to develop ...? What other way would you plan to ...? What would result if ...? Can you make use of the facts to ...? What elements would you choose to change ...? What facts would you select to show ...? What questions would you ask in an interview with ...?

J Richard Knapp
​books for children and teens

Upper Three Levels of Taxonomy
Battle of the Books Competition

Some homeschool parents do not know that their children can compete in this competition. I would encourage to go to the Battle of the Books Competition website and consider it.

Knowledge Level

What is ...? How is ...? Where is ...? When did _______ happen? How did ______ happen? How would you explain ...? Why did ...? How would you describe ...? When did ...? Can you recall ...? How would you show ...? Can you select ...? Who were the main ...? Can you list three ...? Which one ...? Who was ...?

Dear Homeschool Instructors,

     Although I have been a public school teacher and principal for over three decades, I have worked closely with many homeschool families through the years to provide any assistance possible. My background in early childhood and reading have proved a valued asset helping families educate their children at home. My sincere hope is that I can provide assistance to each of you.

     Last... I have visited many children across this country, but find that contacts through media sources such as Skype actually work best for me at this time. I totally love talking with young people about writing and my own works. 

January 31 Science Lesson

Tomorrow night... Tuesday... pay attention to the night sky right after sunset. Venus, Mars, and our moon will align in the southwest sky to make a pretty cool triangle.

This is the perfect lesson to work on your questioning skills from the above chart!

Lesson Links:

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Using Bloom's Taxonomy Pyramid

     My preference for the reading of my books is in a group setting where the adult reads daily selections and ends with appropriate levels of discussion. The books  can also be used in an independent setting with the reader, but discussions are very important and should not be skipped.

     Note: It is not important to reach every taxonomy level every day. I personally like to create discussions from a couple of different levels each day - mixing up the levels all the time by picking a discussion activity in one of the lower three levels of the pyramid and one in the top  three levels in the pyramid. This gives you the best opportunity to keep the learner engage and developing their brain in a positive way.