It’s all well and good to define analysis as “separating components and sorting fact from theory,” but when we’re trying to teach that what, exactly, does it look like?

The last few posts have given a few examples of real-life readiness activities that help develop analytical skills. To round out the picture, here are some words that often appear in assignments that help students learn to analyze in a formal academic setting:

  • Break down
  • Compare
  • Contrast
  • Diagram
  • Examine
  • Separate
  • Classify
  • Differentiate
  • Identify
  • Subdivide
  • Outline
  • Distinguish
  • Infer
  • Discriminate
  • Relate
  • Investigate
  • Categorize
  • Point out

When an assignment includes any of those words, there’s a good chance the student is being asked to perform an analysis on some level. If an assignment does not include any of those challenges, you are certainly free to add to it when that’s appropriate!

The next post (coming on Friday) will suggest more fun activities that will help to round out your children’s analytical skills…no matter their age or stage of development.

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