Are you looking for an engaging activity for middle or high school students? I love What’s Going On in This Picture, an educational feature from the New York Times’ Learning Network. An odd or inexplicable photo is posted every Monday, with the instructions:

After looking closely at the image above (or at the full-size image), think about these three questions:

  • What’s going on in this picture?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can you find?

Although the photo is linked with a facilitated online discussion where the answers and explanations are posted on Tuesdays, the activity would also work as a group discussion or a writing prompt, addressing main idea with supporting details, inferencing, persuading, listening to differing ideas, etc.