Story From Pictures
Story From Comics
Writing Tips

Write A Story From an Illustration

Pictures are often a fun way to stir up imaginations. Here there are 13 pictures to help students write stories. The pictures may remind the students of something that really happened to them. The pictures may spark the writers’ creativity. Due to the types of pictures, this activity will work best with ABE. Students will want a print out of the directions.

  • Click on the link at the top of the page.
  • Click on Single Pictures.
  • Click on the desired picture.
  • Look at the picture. Think about what is happening. What could have happened before the event in the picture? What happens next? Who is there? Who can’t be seen? How do the characters feel? What do the characters want or need? What is the problem? How is it solved? Is the story funny, sad, dramatic? How do the surroundings make a difference for the story?
  • Use these questions and the picture to develop a story. Use pen and paper for writing.
  • [As of this date, there is no option to submit the students’ stories. If students want to try to submit: Scroll down to an empty box. If students have e-mail addresses, type in every question box, type in a title for the story and type in their stories. Then the students would click on SUBMIT. The problem with submitting may be corrected at any time.]

When done writing,

  • Click on “Read Previously Submitted Stories for this Picture”.
  • Read. What did you think? Was the other story completely different?

***Another activity, with just the grid of pictures, could be practice in rows and columns. For example: Which picture is the second picture over and the third picture down? This would be preparation for graphing.

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