Success Criteria Sentence Starters

A list of 'I can' sentence starters to help you construct the success criteria for your next lesson!

1 July, 2022

Success Criteria Sentence Starters

A list of 'I can' sentence starters to help you construct the success criteria for your next lesson!


Sitting at your computer struggling to think of success criteria for your lesson? Get the wheels turning using these ‘I can’ sentence starters! I’ve categorised the verbs like what you would see in a Bloom’s Taxonomy model so that you can search for the type of action or evidence of learning that you’re after!


KNOWLEDGE success criteria

(recalling information e.g. names, places, dates, stages of a process, basic facts)

I can identify...
I can recognise...
I can name...
I can recall...
I can state...
I can match...
I can define...
I can locate...
I can arrange...
I can order...
I can sequence...
I can list...
I can record...
I can underline...
I can locate...
I can tell...
I can repeat...
I can duplicate...
I can count...
I can write...
I can draw...
I can find...
I can label...
I can quote...
I can recite...


UNDERSTANDING success criteria

(demonstrating an understanding of the content e.g. being able to explain a scientific process in their own words)

I can describe...
I can discuss...
I can explain...
I can interpret...
I can recognise...
I can report...
I can restate...
I can express...
I can give examples of...
I can extend...
I can estimate...
I can respond to...
I can articulate...
I can characterise...
I can outline...
I can rewrite...
I can paraphrase...
I can translate...
I can classify...
I can convert...


APPLICATION success criteria

(using a skill or knowledge they’ve gained in a different context e.g. performing a set play in a sports match situation)

I can demonstrate...
I can perform...
I can apply...
I can generalise...
I can predict...
I can select...
I can choose...
I can illustrate...
I can implement...
I can use...
I can operate...
I can utilise...
I can practise...
I can simulate...
I can imitate...
I can instruct...
I can interview...
I can compute...
I can act...
I can dramatise...
I can solve...


ANALYSIS success criteria

(being able to break down things into parts and identifying the relationship between them e.g. comparing the themes of two texts)

I can compare...
I can compare and contrast...
I can distinguish...
I can differentiate...
I can examine...
I can analyse...
I can relate...
I can correlate...
I can question...
I can debate...
I can determine...
I can deduce...
I can detect...
I can inspect...
I can break down...
I can separate...


EVALUATION success criteria

(making informed judgements based on criteria e.g. assessing how effectively a writer conveyed their message)

I can review...
I can assess...
I can evaluate...
I can conclude...
I can determine...
I can justify...
I can validate...
I can test...
I can measure...
I can critique...
I can judge...
I can argue...
I can score...
I can rate...
I can rank...
I can estimate...
I can support...
I can defend...
I can choose...
I can diagnose...
I can prioritise...
I can revise...
I can select...
I can choose...


CREATION success criteria

(using knowledge to create something new e.g. designing a fidget toy)

I can plan...
I can design...
I can generate...
I can devise...
I can develop...
I can create...
I can invent...
I can compose...
I can arrange...
I can categorise...
I can assemble...
I can model...
I can perform...
I can produce...
I can modify...
I can adapt...
I can combine...
I can reconstruct...
I can substitute...
I can integrate...
I can formulate...
I can initiate...
I can negotiate...
I can propose...
I can synthesise...

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