Words such as what, how and why are, of course, commonly used in questions. Other instruction words include: Account for
| Give reasons for something.
| Focus on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of an issue or topic. Do not simply describe or summarise.
| Find similarities and differences between two or more objects, ideas, events or theories.
| Similar to compare, but differences should be emphasised
| Assess the merit of something. Consider both good points and bad points and give the results of your analysis.
| Give precise meanings with key details. Examples may be useful.
| Recall specific details about size, cost, texture, appearance etc.
| Present a point of view after considering both sides of an issue or question. Your opinion should be supported by arguments and evidence.
| Consider both strengths and weaknesses and make a judgement.
| Relate how something happens in the order in which it occurs, or, clarify reasons, causes and effects.
| Use examples to demonstrate a point.
| Express in your own words. Examples may be useful.
| Write your answer as an itemized series which may be in point form.
| Provide main points and leave out minor details
| Give factual evidence, examples or clear logical reasons which demonstrate the validity of a statement/idea.
| Tell the story in clear sequence, or, show how things are connected or similar to each other.
| Examine a subject critically, analysing and commenting on the main points.
| Present the main points in brief, clear sequence.
| Give the main points or facts in condensed form.
| To what extent
| Consider both sides, make a judgment and defend it. Similar to evaluate or discuss.
| Relate the progress, development or history of a subject
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