Panther Power Words


Level I:

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

Level II

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.

Level III

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.