The great thing about those pictures is that they almost all have some sort of latent action - something JUST ABOUT to happen or in motion. They also almost all have some kind of little detail that adds meaning (or confusion).
What can we do with these? I recommend purchasing a set of the portfolio (also available in book form), so you can take each picture and laminate it.
I'm going to challenge myself to come up with 5 different ways you can use these pictures.
The first way you can use these is probably the most obvious:
Creative writing - present students with the image and see where they take it. Have them create their own plot and complete the story. Don't give them any limitations or any certain focus - just ask them to let this inspire their writing. They can tell the what-happened-next or what-led-to-this. Let the creative juices run!
Options for working independently:
- Put up all the pictures and let students choose which speaks to them
- Put up one picture and ask each student to write his/her own story
Options for working in groups/as class:
- Present one picture and ask each student to write one sentence, then pass it on. Each person adds a line to the story.
- Present each group with a picture and ask them to jointly create a story, letting them decide how they want to do it (conjointly, one line/section per person, etc)