In order to help students explore their prior knowledge and initiate creative and critical thinking about a new topic, students are shown a work of art at the begining of a new unit. The subject matter of the work of art is related to the general topic of the new unit. Students then write on 3 prompts reflecting on the work of art:
1) What do I see?
2) What do I think?
3) I wonder ...
I explain in more detail how these prompts are used to initiate critical thinking in the attached document.