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Writing Picture Prompts

In this era of testing, children often become concerned about having to write a story based on a picture prompt. But picture prompts can be a lot of fun! Use the "Picture That For 1st and 2nd Grade" to learn how to plan a simple picture prompt. Use the "Picture That For 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade" to learn how to plan a longer picture prompt response.

In the 1st and 2nd Grade Power Point, students will learn how to sketch their pre-writing instead of writing it out. For students who struggle with writing, being able to sketch out the pre-writing can be motivational. The Power Point and picture prompts for grades 1 and 2 are also designed to have the students add something that happens before the picture. In this manner, you can scaffold planning picture prompts for the students.

In the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Power Point and picture prompts, students will also learn how to sketch their pre-writing instead of writing it out. However, the picture prompts are designed so that students who like to write instead of draw can still use them as a graphic organizer. For grades 3, 4, and 5, the picture prompts are designed for the students to add story events that occur before and after the picture provided in the picture prompt. There is also a square provided for students to plan character names for the story.

If there are struggling students in grades 3, 4, or 5, some of the picture prompts are found in both the grades 1 and 2 and again in the grades 3, 4, and 5 sections. Therefore, you can allow struggling students to use the 1st and 2nd grade picture prompt to add events before the picture, and then you can scaffold the struggling students to complete other picture prompts that expect students to add events before and after the picture provided.

Teachers can decide at all grade levels if the activity will end with the pre-writing stage or will be developed into a full writing activity. I do strongly suggest that you allow the students to choose what picture prompts they want to complete.

And don't forget to have fun!


- Make sure to print out the "notes pages" so you have directions for each slide.

  • Picture That! For 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
  • - Make sure to print out the "notes pages" so you have directions for each slide.

  • Picture That! For 1st and 2nd Grades - Practice Picture Prompts

  • Picture That! For 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades - Practice Picture Prompts
  • Suggestion:

    Allow children to choose their own picture prompts. Let them talk about what they enjoy in regular activities, or what they would really like to try to do. Ask what picture prompts remind them of something in their own lives. Explain to children that making a link to the picture and their real lives will make writing about the picture prompt much easier.


    Remember:

    These Power Point presentations are designed to help with the pre-writing process. However, if the students really like any of these picture prompts encourage them to develop their sketches into a story.



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