Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pic-Lits: picture-prompted writing

I found this little gem of a website this morning and am thoroughly enjoying it! creates a mechanism for generating writing through providing striking images and drag-and-drop words to layer on them (you can also go freestyle and type in your own text if you prefer).

Here's the PicLit I made:

One small annoyance: their "blog this" feature isn't working so I had to make a screenshot of the image in order to share it here.  But tech glitches aside, this could be a really engaging activity for ESL and ABE students.  How many of us have heard our students say that they don't know what to write about or have no ideas?  A powerful picture speaks volumes.  Using PicLits, those stalled writers may find some inspiration!

This activity could also be done as a whole class on a SmartBoard if you are lucky enough to have one in your classroom.

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