Activity Types: Picture Prompt Writing

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What is Picture Prompt Writing?

Picture prompt writing activities provide the student with a picture that is used as a prompt for writing a story. Usually the student is also given instructions as to the type of writing they should develop. For example, students are given a picture of a fire and asked to describe what is happening in the picture, or make up a story that could be depicted by the picture. The advantages to using picture prompt writing in the classroom is that it can be used for practice with multiple types of writing and is an excellent activity for group or collaborative work. Of course, student interest and choice normally associated with the development of great writers is not incorporated, and the act of finding appropriate picture prompts can be time consuming for the teacher. Check out these examples:

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Brock University
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University of Texas at Austin (retired)
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