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A Trip to the Museum: From Picture to Story

 

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A Trip to the Museum: From Picture to Story

Grades 6 – 8
Activity Time One to two hours
Activity Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

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Activity Description

Visit a museum or art gallery (either online or in person) with children and teens, helping them find inspiration for a story based on a piece of art that they particularly enjoy or relate to. Simply find a picture that tells or suggests a story. Then encourage children and teens to make a list of words and ideas about the image before writing a creative story that explains what is happening in the image...and beyond.

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Why This Is Helpful

Observing, describing, and creating are all important skills, in and out of school. Children and teens can strengthen these literacy skills by using their already existing visual skills to launch into a creative writing activity. With their imagination stimulated by a visual image, they can be prompted either to create simpler stories that explore what is happening in the picture or to work more creatively by imagining what happens before or after the moment shown in the image.

This activity was modified from the lesson "A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative."

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