Educational objectives are specific, measurable statements aligned with state standards that describe desired student behavior at the end of a lesson or unit of study. Effective objectives ensure that teachers and students are focused on these outcomes.
A well-written objective must:
- be measurable
- be written in student behavioral terms (specify what learners will be able to do/ perform)
- start with verbs that align with the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
- use precise language
- Students will be able to write an objective for a lesson or unit of study.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast the characteristics of at least two different planets in our solar system.
- Students will understand how to write an objective. (non-behavioral: vague, not measurable)
- Students will know about the solar system. (non-behavioral: vague, not measurable)
The following links provide additional information and examples:
(objective verbs that align with Bloom’s Taxonomy)
(comparison of techniques for writing objectives)
(examples of clearly-written objectives using the ABCD method)
(categorized list of key words to use when writing objectives)