Inferencing is the first unit in every English class I teach, and this works really well.
The students are provided with printed images (strange, but real images) that they fill out this sheet on. You can also project the images and have students pick their favourite one to work on.
(All images are sourced from the New York Times website - it's a great resource!)
**See the Powerpoint in my shop that can go along beautifully with this. It has strange images and the "answers".