Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Max Tell / Writing Prompt / Cute Pet Pictures

Show-and-Tell Cute Pet Pictures

Invite the children in your class to bring in a show-and-tell picture of their kitten, puppy, cat, dog or any other pet. If a child does not have a pet of their own, invite them to bring in a picture of the pet they would like to have. 

Keep a file of pictures that children may choose from if they forget.


1) Set an alarm for 10 minute, no longer.
2) Invite your class to write for the entire 10 minutes, focusing their writing on the senses and actions. Pre-work on the senses and actions may be necessary. As mentioned above, for younger children set the timer for 5-6 minutes.
3) Everyone stops writing when the designated time is up.
4) Invite your class to highlight their best writing.
5) Invite them to turn their best writing into a story, song, or poem. Encourage them to reach for the unique, fresh, and new. There is no need for them to stick to their initial notes. They may only find one image that strikes them the right way. If so, invite then follow that one image or idea to create the whole. If they are planning to write a poem or a song, there is no need to write in rhyme unless it comes naturally, even writing in phrases is fine. What ever comes to them. Also, a poem does not have to rhyme.
6) Encourage your students to edit.
7) Share your class's writing on a display board, in a book, or even in class readings.

Other ideas for picture prompts may include a picture of a favourite:

  • food
  • toy
  • stuffy
  • book
  • other and there are many others

Below, you will find my 10 minute notes and final draft. The image that inspired my poem is at the top of the page. As you can see, I chose a picture of a toddler and created a short nursery rhyme.

Inspired by a writing prompt from Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison.

Each week, Max Tell features a few inspirational articles about poetry writing for kids
as well as his own blog posts.

To read a few of Max's poems, check out The Land of Graws.


Next topic: 

What poetry question would you like answered? Point of View? Rhyme? Something of your choice? Student questions are also welcome. Your comments below would be greatly appreciated.

Bye for now and see you soon.

Have a great writing day.

Love writing, but love editing more.

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