Are you looking for new and exciting ways to get your kids excited about writing? Or perhaps you’re looking for an engaging way to explain the proper use of a graphic organizer to your students.
Coming up with new ways to consolidate and help students with a variety of concepts can be a time-consuming task. That’s where our FREE Visual Writing Prompt Widget is a complete game-changer. 60 beautiful photos picked and approved by teachers with additional text prompts is exactly what you need for your next lesson!
From inferring and predicting skills to writing a poem – read on to see just how versatile this resource actually is…
Multiple Ways to Use Photographs in the Classroom
(1) Narrative Writing Prompt
The primary purpose of this widget is to provide visual writing prompts to assist children with ideas and concepts for their narrative writing. You’ll get your students producing picture-perfect writing in no time with this collection of stunning photographs! Setting your students up for success when writing has never been easier.
“If only I was bigger!”, thought the baby chick…
For more ideas and resources, read Ali’s blog – 10 Brilliant Ways to Improve Narrative Writing in the Classroom. Along with this fantastic blog you may like to check our many narrative writing teaching resources:
(2) Using Graphic Organizers
Using a photograph is a fantastic way to introduce and consolidate your students’ knowledge and understanding of a variety of graphic organizers. Here is a collection of graphic organizers that would work really well with a visual stimulus:
- storyboard template
- y-chart graphic organizer
- visual literacy graphic organizer
- Venn diagram graphic organizer
- five senses graphic organizer
- see, think, wonder graphic organizer.
I see a man with a camera and I think he is a photographer. I wonder what he is taking a photo of?
(3) Write an Opinion Text
Are you looking at opinion writing at the moment with your students? Using a stunning photograph may just be what you are looking for to add some more depth to your students’ writing.
Pick a photograph from the collection of 60 images. As a class, you can brainstorm what is happening in the photo and come up with a collection of persuasive topics to write about. This gives your students ownership over their writing.
All dogs should absolutely be allowed on their owners bed because…
You may like to also use some of the scaffolds Ali suggests in her blog – 3 Quick and Effective Persuasive Writing Scaffolds. Also, here are some opinion writing resources that may also be of interest:
(4) Poetry Inspiration
Poetry can be a really tricky concept to teach young kids. However, using real-life photographs can provide your students with some inspiration for the topic of their poem – which is often the part that they get stuck on. Set them up for success and brainstorm the different ideas and concepts they could write about using an image as inspiration.
As I look up and see the clouded skies that bring hope for some;
I see the hope of rain and new life to come.
For more information on teaching poetry, check out our blog, National Poetry Month | Celebrating Poetry with Printable Resources. Along with this super helpful blog, here are some other poetry resources for the classroom that may interest you:
(5) Practice Prediction and Inferring Skills
Basic predicting and inferencing skills can be easily practiced using a simple photograph! By displaying a simple photograph for your students to analyze and asking some leading questions, you are instantly getting them thinking in more detail about the photograph. Questions you could ask include:
- Where do you think this photograph has been taken? Why?
- What do you think is about to happen?
- Why do you think the dog is wet?
- What do you think just happened?
- Do you think this dog has an owner?
- What do you think will happen next?
For another fantastic visual resource to encourage children to question what is happening in an image, check out our Inference Scenarios Teaching Resource Pack. This set of five posters shows different scenarios for students and teachers to use while investigating inference and prediction.
(6) Art Interpretation
When teaching different art elements to your children, use a photograph as inspiration. Prompting a student to sketch, paint, or create an art piece is another fantastic use of our Visual Writing Prompts Widget.
Discuss the use of form, line, color, and value to try to draw a bubble.