Terms used in Essay or Question

Terms used in Essay or Question

 

Terms

Explanation

Analyze

Divide the Topic into sub-parts and discuss each part

Argue

Give your opinion on a topic and support it with examples, facts, or other details

Assess

Tell a reader what is good and bad about a given topic and explain how you arrived at your conclusions

Classify

Organize the subject into groups and discuss the logic behind your grouping

Compare

Differentiate between how the items are alike and different

Contrast

Differentiate between Items

Define

Give meaning to the term

Describe

Tell what the subject is like

Discuss

List the main parts or issues of the subject and elaborate on each one

 Evaluate

Tell what is good and bad about a given topic and explain how you arrived at your conclusions

Explain

Support your statements with specific facts, examples, and so on; elaborate on the logic you used to make your conclusions

Give evidence

Back up your statements with facts, examples, or other supporting information

Give examples

Use specific details, facts, or situations to make your point

Identify

Name or list the items requested

Illustrate

Give specific examples

Include

Put this information in the essay

Indicate

Tell what you think about a subject and how you arrived at your conclusion

List

Name the items requested

Outline

Organize the main points of the subject

Relate

Point out the connections between the items indicated

Review

List and discuss the main points of the subject

Summarize

Briefly describe the main points of the topic

Support

Give evidence to back up your statements

Trace

List and describe the points or events in a logical or chronological order

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