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Academic Vocabulary. Verbs that you will see in test and homework questions. Analyze. To break something into its individual parts, study them, and determine how they work together to form a whole. Other Forms: analysis, analyzing, analyzed Related words : break apart, dissect, deconstruct - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Academic Vocabulary

Academic VocabularyVerbs that you will see in test and homework questionsAnalyzeTo break something into its individual parts, study them, and determine how they work together to form a whole.

Other Forms: analysis, analyzing, analyzed

Related words: break apart, dissect, deconstruct

Sample question: Analyze the authors use of literary devices in the following poem. ApplyTo put the skills or information you have learned to use.

Other Forms: application, applying, applied

Related words: utilize, employ, use

Sample question: Apply your knowledge of capitalization rules to edit the following paragraph. CompareTo determine how two things are similar or alike.

Other Forms: comparison, comparing, comparable

Related words: connect, relate, similarities(noun), liken

Sample question: Compare Twilights Edward Cullen to Draculas Count Dracula.ContrastTo determine how two things are different or unlike.

Other Forms: contrasting, contrasted, in contrast

Related words: differentiate, distinguish, discriminate, draw a distinction

Sample question: Contrast the themes of Poes The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven.ComprehendTo understand or grasp the meaning or significance of something.

Other Forms: comprehension, comprehending, comprehended

Related words: understand, recognize, realize, grasp, appreciate

Sample question: What do you comprehend about the setting of A Christmas Carol?ClassifyTo group like items under a specific category.

Other Forms: classification, classifiable, classifying

Related words: order, organize, categorize, sort, catalogue

Sample question: Classify the following pronouns as nominative, objective, or possessive.CritiqueTo examine or review something and discuss its strengths and weaknesses.

Other Forms: criticism, criticize, critical, critic, critical

Related words: examine, review, opinion(noun), appraise, assessSample question: Critique your descriptive essay rough draft.DescribeTo create a mental picture of someone or something.

Other Forms: describing, description, described

Related words: recreate, portray, depict, illustrate, express

Sample question: Describe the Secret Annex in The Diary of Anne Frank.EvaluateTo determine or assess the value, worth, or condition of something.

Other Forms: evaluation, evaluated, reevaluate

Related words: assess, appraise, rate

Sample question: Evaluate the importance of correct grammar in e-mails and texts.ExplainTo clarify a statement by using facts, evidence, and details.

Other Forms: explanation, explain, explained

Related words: clarify, demonstrate, expound

Sample question: Would you rather live forever and be poor, or die young but be rich? Explain your opinion.IdentifyTo find or recognize something and name it.

Other Forms: identifying, identified, identifiable

Related words: find, recognize, detect, distinguish

Sample question: Identify the transitive verbs in the following sentences.InferTo combine your prior knowledge (schema) and clues from the text to figure out something the author did not directly say. Other Forms: inference, inferring, inferred

Related words: conclude, gather, understand, assume

Sample question: What can you infer from Little Miss Muppets behavior when the spider appeared beside her?InterpretTo decipher or determine the meaning of something.

Other Forms: interpretation, interpreting, interpreted

Related words: clarify, understand, construe

Sample question: Interpret the symbolism of the raven in Poes poem, The Raven.PredictTo draw a reasonable conclusion about what might happen next based on clues in the text.

Other Forms: prediction, predictable, predicting, predicted

Related words: guess, envision, expect, foretell

Sample question: Predict what the story might be about based on the title and the cover illustration.SummarizeTo reduce a text to its essential elements and main points.

Other Forms: sum up, summary, summative, summarizing, summarized

Related words: reduce, recap, condense, abridge

Sample question: Summarize the first two paragraphs of this passage.SynthesizeTo create or produce a new product by combining new and prior knowledge.

Other Forms: synthesis, synthesizing

Related words: create, produce, combine, make

Sample question: Using your knowledge of Greek and Latin root words, synthesize a new word to mean the study of underwater alien life forms.