Review: Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts packet available on
Teachers Pay Teachers is a free download for teachers whose students are
practicing their descriptive writing skills. Descriptive writing is an
important aspect of creative writing, and fiction and creative nonfiction both
benefit from strong descriptive writing.
The packet contains three images that are captioned with
writing prompts to get students started in their descriptive writing, as well
as introductory material differentiating good descriptive writing from
ineffective writing. Each photo has its own page, and below each photo is a set
of prompts. The prompts encourage students to observe the photo and then engage
various senses (through the imagination) to describe what is happening in the
When I was learning descriptive writing in my fifth grade
creative writing unit, we practiced writing about various objects in our lunch
boxes or at the library; I unwrapped a piece of candy and paid close attention
to every aspect of it, ready to capture the entire experience in words. This
assignment, however, draws on the power of an image and therefore offers the
potential for a huge range of objects and perspectives for descriptive writing.
Having the tactile nature of a physical object in my grasp gave a good
foundation for my descriptive writing, but an assignment like this, requiring more abstract analysis,
would make a great follow-up to those early tactile lessons.
You can download your own copy of the Descriptive Writing
Picture Prompts packet here.
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