Every Picture Tells a Story

This Every Picture Tells a Story activity & project also includes:

Why is Mona Lisa smiling? What is the thinker thinking about? What lurks in the Hall of the Mountain King? Writers imagine the before, during, and after the moment captured in a work of art.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Launch the assignment by showing a scene from Walt Disney's Fantasia and discussing how the artists used the music to inspire their stories
Classroom Considerations

  • No scaffolding is provided for the assignment; therefore, the project will need to be divided into manageable chunks if all writers are to have a chance of success

  • Using a work of art to generate story ideas
  • Providing links to art websites

  • No scaffolding is provided for the assignment
  • The rubric does not define expectations