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Teaching Critical Thinking through Art, 3.2: Focal Point: How do you strengthen students’ reasoning?

In this video, teachers and students talk about how effective the What Makes You Say That? routine is for helping students to support their thinking with evidence. By routinely asking two questions: What do you think is going on in this work of art?, followed by What do you see that makes you say that?, teachers encourage students to surface supporting details justifying their interpretations or claims.  This routine works well with practically everything: works of art, photographs and media images, text (fiction and non-fiction), math problems, science experiments, and more.