See-Think-Wonder in literacy

See-Think-Wonder serves to anticipate texts that are going to be studied.  The teacher brings in materials that are associated to the text to be read which could be art work, artifacts, visual images, or external reading.  The students are asked three critical questions:

  • What do you see about this item?

  • What do you think about this item?

  • What do you wonder about this item?

These questions serve to help students anticipate what they will be studying and activate prior knowledge that will assist in understanding the text.

See-Think-Wonder in music

In order to support students in working on unfamiliar pieces of music, the teacher brings in related materials for students to consider. This could be artwork from the same period as the piece of music, literature that influenced the music, videos showing related cultural artifacts, or other such inspirations.  For example, if a choir is singing an ethnic piece, the teacher might bring in videos of traditional dances, folk artwork from the culture, or pictures of people from the country.  Students then can discuss what they see, think, and wonder about these artifacts, relating those observations and inquiries to the music itself.