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Assignment Design for Research and Writing

Resources to reference when creating research and writing assignments to maximize clarity and accessibility.


Understand     ♦     Apply     ♦     Analyze     ♦     Evaluate   ♦     Create

  • What’s the purpose of your assignment? To ascertain if students have correctly understood a concept? To expand their knowledge of a topic? To argue persuasively in support of or against something? 
  • Utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy to delineate an introductory assignment from an advanced assignment.
    • Understand: Students summarize a topic, using basic sources and describing it in their own words. 
    • Apply: Students use previously learned information to solve a problem or complete a task. 
    • Analyze: Students interpret an idea, draw connections, and consider the available evidence to reach a conclusion. 
    • Evaluate: Students make judgments about an idea or concept. 
    • Create: Students produce original work that connects different elements together, such as arguing for a specific position. 

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