12 Powerful Words by Larry Bell Twelve Powerful Words That Increase Test Scores Trace (Outline, list the steps) Analyze (examine, break apart, study the pieces) Infer (conclude, make a good guess, read between the lines) Evaluate (judge, in your own words) Formulate (put together, create) Describe (depict, tell about, tell all about) Support (reinforce, give me the facts, back up with details) Explain (state, inform, tell how, put it in your own words) Summarize (restate, sum it up, give me the short version) Compare (alike, all the ways they are similar) Contrast (differences, all the ways the are not the same) Predict (anticipate, make a guess, what will happen next?) To play with online flashcards of the12 powerful words, go to: http://www.proprofs.c om/flashcards/cards.ph p?title=12-PowerfulWords-1 Flashcards of the 12 powerful words in English and Spanish, go to: http://www.flashcardm achine.com/larry-bells12powerfulwords.html Online quiz over the 12 powerful words, go to: http://www.wayneco untyschools.org/1498 2072514725760/lib/1 4982072514725760/ 12_Powerful_Words. htm Word Short Student Friendly Phrases 1. Trace Follow, track outline, list in steps 2. Analyze Think through, break apart, break into pieces 3. Infer Figure out, read between the lines, predict, what are they trying to say 4. Evaluate Judge, value of, meaning, examine, solve, test for the truth of, tell one good and one bad 5. Formulate Come up with, make a plan, develop, make, create 6. Describe Tell about, show me, list details 7. Support Provide reasons, tell reasons, give examples, back it up 8. Explain Tell all about, tell what and why, tell how, teach to someone else 9. Summarize Tell main parts, bottom line, main ideas 10. Compare List sames, all the ways they are alike 11. Contrast List differences, all the ways they are different 12. Predict Educated guess, tell what could or may happen, look into the future Now, you try: Use the 12 powerful words to give test taking advice: EX: Formulate a plan to go to bed early enough every night for 2 weeks before the testing days. EX: Analyze your study strategies and decide which strategies are the best for you. EX: Trace the daily routine of a student who has good study skills and is successful at school.