Using Bloom’s Taxonomy with English language learners

For those teaching English without a significant amount of training in education, Bloom’s taxonomy may be a brand new idea.  Those with a background in educational theory will know that it’s one of the most useful theories in the classroom.  For new and experienced teachers alike, Bloom’s Taxonomy is a great guide for what and how to teach English.  Take a moment to look over the diagram below.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Think of your classroom and how you might implement this.  Graphic organizers are a great way to implement Bloom’s. Here are some examples on graphic organizers that correlate to Bloom’s Taxonomy[1]:

Bloom’s Level Type of
Graphic Organizer
Knowledge Spider Maps
Linear String
to describe item;
to describe a sequence of events, continuum, storyboard, cycle
Comprehension Hierarchy Diagram to classify items
Application Flowchart to predict sequence of events
Analysis Fishbone Map
Concept Map
to identify causal relationships
to explain relationships
Synthesis Idea Map to solve or plan
Evaluation Venn Diagram
Comparison Matrix
to compare/contrast two itemsto compare/contrast two or more items

30 Graphic Organizers for Reading is another great resource for using graphic organizers in the classroom which utilizes Bloom’s Taxonomy.

How do you use Bloom’s Taxonomy with ELLs in your classroom?


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