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Learning Objectives: Stems and Samples


by the Education Oasis Staff


Generally, learning objectives are written in terms of learning outcomes: What do you want your students to learn as a result of the lesson? Follow the three-step process below for creating learning objectives.



1. Create a stem. Stem Examples:

After completing the lesson, the student will be able to . . .

After this unit, the student will have . . .

By completing the activities, the student will . . .

At the conclusion of the course/unit/study the student will . . .


2. After you create the stem, add a verb:

analyze, recognize, compare, provide, list, etc. For a list of action verbs see below.


3. One you have a stem and a verb, determine the actual product, process, or outcome:

After completing these lesson, the student will be able to recognize foreshadowing in various works of literature.


Action Verbs for Learning Objectives
Abstract
Activate
Acquire
Adjust
Analyze
Appraise
Arrange
Articulate
Assemble
Assess
Assist
Associate
Breakdown
Build
Calculate

Carry out

Catalog

Categorize

Change

Check

Cite

Classify

Collect

Combine

Compare

Compute

Contrast

Complete

Compose

Compute

Conduct

Construct

Convert

Coordinate

Count

Criticize

Critique
Debate
Decrease
Define
Demonstrate
Describe
Design
Detect
Develop
Differentiate
Direct
Discuss
Discover
Distinguish
Draw
Dramatize
Employ
Establish
Estimate
Evaluate
Examine
Explain
Explore
Express
Extrapolate
Formulate
Generalize
Identify
Illustrate
Implement
Improve
Increase
Infer
Integrate
Interpret
Introduce
Investigate

Judge

Limit

List

Locate
Maintain

Manage

Modify
Name
Observe

Operate

Order

Organize
Perform

Plan

Point

Predict

Prepare

Prescribe

Produce Propose
Question
Rank

Rate

Read

Recall

Recommend Recognize Reconstruct Record

Recruit

Reduce

Reflect

Relate

Remove

Reorganize Repair

Repeat

Replace

Report Reproduce Research Restate Restructure Revise

Rewrite
Schedule

Score

Select

Separate Sequence

Sing

Sketch

Simplify

Skim

Solve

Specify

State

Structure Summarize Supervise Survey Systematize
Tabulate
Test
Theorize
Trace
Track
Train
Transfer Translate
Update

Use

Utilize
Verbalize

Verify

Visualize
Write