How does it make you feel?

I came across a description in Supertest of an IB classroom where the teacher likes to use a key question in his literature class:

How does it make you feel?

This question can be asked in two ways, each of which can help engage the learner in the topic under consideration. I thought that this could easily extend to many other subject areas, too.

How does it make you feel?

With an emphasis on feel we ask students for an emotional response to the topic at hand. What is your response or reaction to a particular piece of literature or work of art? What are your feelings regarding this latest current event or political decision? What are your thoughts regarding this new scientific discovery? 

How does it make you feel?

With an emphasis on how we ask students to examine critically how the author, artist, politician, scientist, etc. uses his or her knowledge and skills of literary techniques, artistic approaches, political thinking, research skills etc. to accomplish a specific goal.

One great question that can lead to meaningful thinking and discussion, too! 

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