I love this blog as well, from Andy.
I’ve been a huge fan of using photographs for inspirations for storytelling for a long time.
Here are some other sites you can locate images from and which sometimes add different scaffolded questions in. Paintings as well as photographs can provide inspirations.
Creative or descriptive writing can be hard. Staring at a blank piece of paper and feeling that you have nothing to say can be very hard. What’s the solution? Well, part of the solution is to help students build up a schematic of recyclable sentences, stems, images and overall shapes that they can then reuse, adapt, and draw on in their response. This helps to give a shape to their thinking, a scaffold onto which to hang their ideas.
I’m a massive advocate of all of these things and have had huge success in my own classroom using, for instance, sentence stems I first discovered in Chris Curtis’ excellent book How to Teach English. These include, for instance, recyclable stems such as ‘A year ago, a month ago, today’, which looks like this:
I’m also a big fan Drop, Zoom, Flash, End, which offers an overall shape to any piece…
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