My antidote to writers' proverbial fear of the blank page is structure. When there’s just the right amount of restriction, the imagination is free to kick in.
Ever since high school when I wrote a short story based on an art postcard, I've found that art helps trigger my imagination. I believe ArtWrite can do the same for your students.
ArtWrite can also be used as the basis for teaching any aspect of Language Arts: grammar, punctuation, writing (personal, descriptive, analytic) as well as elements such as POV, voice, or figurative language. This post is an example of a character exercise that would work at any level (and the image would be appropriate for any age). The same image could also be used to teach grammar: write sentences using cars as subjects, or with transitive verbs, or in sentences beginning with prep phrases. Layer on punctuation practice after that. The options are endless.
This chart categorizes writing examples from ArtWrite posts. You can use it if you're looking to teach a specific skill, or if you want models for your students. The chart is continually updated.
If you teach young students, ArtWrite for Kids has age appropriate images, and your students are invited to share their responses to the work as a reply to any of the posts.
If you need help designing specific prompts, lesson plans, or have any questions, please contact ArtWrite.
From a teaching perspective, ArtWrite makes the learning process more engaging for students because the art is a hook, a springboard, and a magnet all rolled into one.
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