Have you been wanting to jazz up your writing activities? I have just the thing: picture writing prompts. Each prompt below targets a specific writing genre and is accompanied by a graphic organizer, which will help students in their writing process. Using prompts is a great way to give students vivid imagery without giving them all the details. You’ll be surprised to see the ideas that your students will come up with.
1. Attack of the Gummies!
This picture will definitely appeal to any kid and get their creative juices flowing! Which kid wouldn’t be excited by the possibility of a faucet that provides endless candy. This would make a perfect writing prompt for a narrative story. The graphic organizer allows students to sequence their stories.
2. Creative problem solving
This writing prompt will have students imagining a unique situation in which a mouse must get his cheese! This will make for great procedural writing in the form of an instructional narrative paragraph. Your students can say things like “First, the mouse goes on a hunt to find some strong and sturdy string. Second….”, etc. This is bound to make paragraph writing a little more fun.
3. An Unlikely Merging
This picture is so wacky, your students will have their imaginations running wild! It’s so unlikely to see this combination of features, so I think this would make for a great persuasive/opinion paragraph. Your students can write a paragraph for or against an elephant with butterfly wings. Their arguments will be hilarious!
4. A Portal Discovered
A secret portal to another realm is a common story element. With this photo writing prompt have your students imagine that they are going down those stairs. Where does it lead them? What do they encounter? There are so many possibilities here.
5. An unlikely superhero
Ordinary squirrel by day, super squirrel by night! This will make for some wonderful comic strip writing! Otherwise, you can have your students create a narrative. I included this specific graphic organizer, because it had a comic book feel to it.
6. Students complete the picture writing prompt
I like this picture writing prompt because students first need to complete the prompt before they begin writing. What is this boy catching? After they’ve completed the drawing the students can take some time developing the boy or the sea character they’ve created.
7. A New Land
This photo writing prompt has fairy tale written all over it. What I love though, is that it doesn’t resemble any well known fairy tale. This will leave the creativity to your students, and will be a great addition to a fairy tale writing unit.
8. A character with a mind of its own
Character development is a key component to any good story. Have your students work on character development with this unique little snowman. They could either write the snowman as the character, or its builder.
9. Little people, with big jobs
Well, first of all, this picture is just so adorable it had to be included! This picture would be great as a writing prompt for a newspaper article. Ask your students to provide the 5 Ws and then create a news article about what is happening with this little girl.
10. A nature story
This little ladybug is being whisked away on an adventure. Have your students tell you the story of its journey in a narrative piece.
Prompt your students with these pictures and spark their imagination!