Strategy 1 - Half the picture
- Locate an image that shows a big idea of the unit or lesson.
- Make a copy of the image in order to edit using a photo editing tool to cover half of the picture.
- Display the image that only shows ½ of the picture.
- Using the 3-2-1 strategy, a great AVID strategy, have students organize their thoughts about what they think is happening in the picture.
3 - List 3 things you notice in the picture
2 - 1 prediction of what might have happened before the picture, 1 prediction of what happened after the picture
1 - What evidence from the image proves your prediction?
Have students pair up to discuss their ideas with a peer.
Display the entire picture and lead a discussion of what actually happened and compare students’ ideas that were shared before.
Strategy 2 - Create a Six Word Story
Having students create a six-word story encourages them to creatively select critical ideas and summarize their own thoughts.
- Display your image of choice that relates to the content.
- Ask students to share what they see. Depending on the grade level you may want to record the ideas on the board for students to refer to when they write.
- If this is a new strategy, you may want to model how to write the six-word story or ask students to work in pairs to write their stories.
- Have students publish their story on a shared Google document or Padlet to promote students.
Strategy 3 - Instagram captions
Students enjoy when they are able to use social media like activities to display their knowledge or understanding. It can provide a creative way for students to write about the content in the way they do in their personal lives.
- Insert your image into the Instagram template on this Google Slide. Text boxes have been created as a guide.
- Duplicate the slide for each student and, if needed, assign a slide to each student.
- Instruct students to do a quick write to represent the image. Include the hashtags in their writing in order for the image to be “searchable”.
- Assign students to provide peer feedback to at least a peer to promote the processing of the learning.
Of course, there are many ways to use images in a lesson. The strategies shared today hopefully provides some new creative ways to hook your students in the day’s learning and promote writing for learning. Leave a comment below and share how you have used images in your lessons or creative ways you have hooked your students’ attention.