I love the prompts of depth and complexity and the content imperatives. But some teachers are being asked to use eight new prompts that just aren’t as good as the classics.
The Content Imperatives combine with Depth and Complexity and Bloom’s Taxonomy to push students even farther in their thinking.
The prompts of depth and complexity become even more powerful when you combine them into an Iconic Statement!
I often see the prompts of Depth and Complexity used in classrooms, but too frequently they’re applied at a surface level.
Conflict is an essential tool for analyzing literature, understanding history, and improving as a writer. Each year, my 6th graders discuss the types of conflict commonly found in stories and analyze writing using the content imperatives.
Do you ask your students to look back at their work and reflect on their progress? If so, are you integrating the tools of depth and complexity into these reflections?
A reusable extension menu gives gifted students choice while simplifying directions and reducing teacher workload. These eight options for character analysis incorporate depth, complexity, content imperatives, and interesting uses of technology.
You’ve delved into the dimensions of depth and complexity. You’ve conquered content imperatives. Now increase the rigor by combining these tools!
Earlier in this series, you met the eleven dimensions of depth and complexity. Today you’ll be introduced to another set of rigor-increasing, engagement-enhancing thinking tools known as the content imperatives, also developed by Sandra Kaplan.
The dimensions of depth and complexity are a great first step towards a classroom differentiated for gifted learners. Learn the basics of these thinking tools and begin incorporating them into your lessons tomorrow!