Panther Power Words
Support (140): To back up, justify your answer, opinion, or claim (with evidence)
Details (101): Elements that support ideas; smaller elements of structure.
Determine (89): To decide or conclude through reasoning or observation.
Demonstrate (86): To describe, explain, display or illustrate through examples
Story (46): The plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.
Explain (43): To make clear or understandable to others; make plain.
Identify (38): To establish as particular by noting individual features or characteristics in isolation.
Contrast (35): Examine in order to note significant differences between two or more things
Describe (34): To tell or show with written or spoken words; point out facts or details
Compare (31): Examine in order to note likenesses between two things or what they have in common
Central/Main Idea (188): The author’s most important idea or the cognitive catalyst for the creation of his work.
Evidence (121): That which proves or disproves; that which makes plain or clear. Facts.
Develop (116): Expand, elaborate; add details.
Structure (64): Essential elements of something. The relationship or organization of component parts.
Theme (39): A unifying or dominant idea or motif. Often the answer to the question, “What did I learn?”
Narrative (29): A sequence of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
Explicit (27): Clear, leaving no room for interpretation, leaving nothing merely implied.
Infer (22): To deduce, conclude, to derive by reasoning; to guess, figure out or surmise from evidence.
Summarize (12): To state or express in concise form the essential components of something, usually chronologically.
Analyze (146): To break down into its constituents parts and examine them; determine meaning from.
Context (58): The parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect
Argument (43): A process of reasoning, a discussion involving different points of view, a set of reasons why something is true.
Evaluate (40): To make a judgment, to set a value on.
Assess (27): To measure, to determine the amount of.
Figurative language (24): Based in figures of speech, especially metaphorical; not literal; expand meaning.
Cite (20): To quote specifically, recall.