LA can write a paragraph describing a scene, and HA can extend this by using the pictures with people in and writing a second paragraph introducing the character.
Also included is a planning sheet used with a mixed KS2 class, where each image was assigned to a pupil and stuck on the sheet in their big writing books.
An example of the completed planning sheet was done in a shared activity.
Motivate your students with the wide variety of photographs and writing prompts in this delightful book by award-winning photographer and former English teacher Hank Kellner.
The varied prompts include key words, questions to consider, ideas for writing, possible opening lines, suggestions for research, and more.
The book even comes with a CD so that you have the option of displaying the activities with an overhead projector.Still, those ideas can be beautiful and inspiring in and of themselves. I’m not saying you have to read a wide array of forums every day, but if you’re looking for information, trawling some good forums isn’t a bad idea.7. For the writer aspiring to greater heights, there is no better inspiration that great art, in my experience.While it doesn’t compare to the experience of seeing the art in person, I like to find inspiring works of art and put it on my computer desktop for contemplation (Michelangelo’s Pieta is there right now).Good for its writing style, its voice, its rhythm and ability to pull you along to the end. And bad magazines, while perhaps not the best models for writing, can still be inspirations for ideas for good blog posts.These magazines, as they don’t draw readers with great writing, find interesting story angles to attract an audience.5. Sometimes, while watching a movie, a character will say something so interesting that I’ll say, “That would make a great blog post! ” Sometimes screenwriters can write beautiful dialog.And during these times I spend with them, I’m often reflective, about life, about humanity, about love. There’s something about the quietness, combined with the increased flow of blood through your brain, combined with being out in the fresh air with nature, that really stimulates the mind.18. Many of you aren’t religious (and many are) but it doesn’t matter much — the great religions in the world have ideas in them that are beautiful and inspiring.I suggest that children, with their fresh outlook on the world, can change the way you view things.17. I’ve studied some of the writings of not only Christianity and Judaism but Islam, Bahai’i, Buddhism, Taoism, and many cultures with multiple nature gods.Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. If I’m anywhere public, whether it be at a park or a mall or my workplace, sometimes I’ll eavesdrop on people.And sometimes, it can come from the unlikeliest sources. I read writers I love (read about my current loves) and then I steal from them, analyze their writing, get inspired by their greatness. If you normally read just a couple of your favorite authors, try branching out into something different. Not in a gross way or anything, but I’ll just keep quiet, and listen. Sometimes it doesn’t happen on purpose — you can’t help but overhear people sometimes.I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite ways of finding inspiration — some of them obvious, some of them less so. Aside from this blog, there are dozens of great blogs on writing and every topic under the sun. If you happen to overhear a snippet of interesting dialog, jot it down in your writing journal as soon as possible.But it’s always good to have reminders, and if you haven’t used a few of these sources of inspiration in awhile (or ever), give them a go.1. I like to read about what works for others — it inspires me to action! It can serve as a model or inspiration for later writing.4. Good magazines aren’t always filled with great writing, but you can usually find one good piece of either fiction or non-fiction.