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12 Powerful Words

12 Powerful Words are a list of words used in testing. It is important that you talk about these words with your child.  Larry Bell, educational consultant, believes that all students can be achievers on standardized test if our students become familiar with these testing words.
  1. Trace – list in steps
  2. Analyze – break apart
  3. Infer – read between the lines
  4. Evaluate – judge
  5. Formulate – create
  6. Describe – tell all about
  7. Support – back up with details
  8. Explain – tell how
  9. Summarize – the short version
  10. Compare – all the ways they are alike
  11. Contrast – all the ways they are different
  12. Predict – what will happen next

There are many websites about these words.  Please take some time each day to go over these words with your child: make and play a matching game, draw a picture for each word or make a poster with all words and pictures. Each of these ideas is an excellent way for your child to prep for the upcoming standardized tests.


Activities you can do at home

Make up questions using the words.
Use the words during the dinner meal.
Add the words to the front of the refrigerator.  Review one word each morning.
Discuss the words as you drive to school or to another location.
Develop a "who wants to be a millionaire" type of fun game.
Review and discuss one of the twelve powerful words each evening before going to bed.