A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

04 Aug


Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014,¬†Write Away With Me posts an open ended writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

A photograph seizes a moment. And this photo in particualr, has inspired some great stories. It comes from a wonderful website called Anonomous Legacy. You’ll find a great collection of black and white photos here to use for writing.

But today, I’m suggesting a slightly different spin with this visual prompt.

Ask your students to look carefully at the picture and then try to describe what happened in the split seconds before and/or after the photograph was taken.

Perhaps as a class, you could look for clues are in the picture before you start writing and plotting.

  • Could this character have been on his way to a function?
  • What might he be looking at?
  • Where is he and how might he have got there?

There are no right or wrong answers. We’re just posing a range of possibilities. We’re just having fun with words and pictures.

Here’s two more options:

  1. Give your students 3 Post It Notes and use these and the photo to create a visual storyboard with the photo appearing somewhere in the middle of the story. This is especially good for visual learners and emerging writers. The storyboard could be used to plan a narrative or studenst could tell the story to a partner or the whole class.
  2. Ask students to get into pairs. Together they will create the before and after story inspired by this photo. They can then present their ideas to the class with one student telling what happened before and one will telling what happened after. Great storytelling possibilities here as well as encouraging your students to think logically and creatively – a left and right brain workout!

Happy Writing!

Beth Cregan

After 25 years teaching experience, from Early Childhood to VCE, Beth Cregan combined her passion for books, writing and storytelling to launch ‘Write Away With Me’. Now in its fourth year, Write Away With Me offers a wide range of original and creative storytelling and writing workshops across Victoria. Our high energy workshops cover a wide range of writing styles/genres and a flexible approach, means it’s possible to tailor the experience to match the needs of your students and your school. Interested in booking a workshop for your class? Check out the range of storytelling and writing workshops today! Workshops for secondary classes and Professional Development programs are also popular.

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