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A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative

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A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


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Pamela Mould

October 12, 2017

This lesson plan is excellent. I plan to use it along with my Harris Burdick illustrated book. Thank you!


Maurice Thompson

November 13, 2016

I am evaluating this lesson for a class. This unit study is outstanding and can be applied to so many different lesson concepts. Thank you Ms. Gardner for sharing this great example.



August 18, 2010

I used this lesson plan, but I used cutouts from Architectural Digest. The students wrote narratives of what they thought the story of the room was: why was it built, what went on there.


Scott Filkins

January 27, 2010

I used a modified version of this lesson in a coaching collaboration with a Spanish 1 teacher. We were interested in motivating kids to write, so we looked for photographs that relate to their current vocabulary content (in this case, food). I modeled what a story about eating breakfast might look like, finding ways to "write around" the words for which I didn't know the Spanish. Students then wrote their own stories based on photos of teens eating lunch or dinner. We added "point of view" to the list of things to consider since students needed to be aware of the different verb forms related to their subjects. We asked students to do planning in most categories (people, setting, situation) in English, but important vocabulary in Spanish. Then they wrote! Students will be sharing their stories with each other in an upcoming class.



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