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Reading Performance Verbs
OAA & OGT PERFORMANCE VERBS ENGLISH
Performance Verb
What it means
Classroom Example
Analyze
to examine parts and see how they fit together
to think about the different parts to figure out the whole
analyze the following quote and explain why the author portrayed this character in this manner
Compare
to look at similarities and differences
compare and contrast the personalities of the two characters
Construct
to make or create
create a story map for “The Cask of Amontillado”
Describe
to show what something is like
describe the setting including both the time and place
Evaluate
to make a decision or judgment
evaluate George’s actions at the end of the story. Were they justified?
Explain
to make clear by giving reasons
Explain the author’s purpose (or main idea, or reason, etc.) and cite details supporting your answer
Formulate
to develop an idea based on information
based on the information in the article, formulate your own opinions
Identify
to name or list
identify the theme, protagonist, main idea…..
Infer
to draw a conclusion beyond what is stated
what can you infer about the character’s reaction the the situation?
Interpret
to explain the meaning of
interpret the following quote and explain why it is appropriate to the theme of the story
Predict
to use what is already known to make a statement about what happens next
predict what will happen when Percy meets Poseidon in the next chapter
Summarize
to briefly state the main points, to condense information
summarize the main idea
Support
to give facts or examples, to show evidence to back a conclusion
support your answer with details from the text
Trace
to describe a sequence or path
trace the sequence of the character’s development throughout the novel
*All verbs on OAA, verbs in bold are OGT
OAA, verbs in bold are OGT
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