Just a picture

Have you tried giving your students a photograph as a prompt for a writing assignment? How about giving them a photo and telling them they have the freedom to write in any style they choose? John Spencer at Education Rethink does exactly this with his students and gets many creative assignments in response-poems, short stories, graphic novels, and even podcast outlines. This is a great way to let students have a bit of choice within a lesson. It also allows them to show off their strengths and preferred writing styles.

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