In today’s post, I’ll be looking at page 5 of the Flyers Writing Booklet – Focus on a picture.
If you show learners a picture like this, then they might come up with the following description: I can see two people. They are in the mountains. It’s sunny.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. The sentences are true. But it’s pretty boring, isn’t it?
If we want our students to be better story tellers and to use the language we’re trying to teach them, then training them to use their imagination can help a lot!
Train your learners to ask themselves I wonder? questions about pictures and texts.
There are no right or wrong answers here (*well, perhaps a wrong answer would be that they think it’s midnight!) It’s how they see this.
Learners can think of/write their own answers, then they can discuss and say why they think that.
Next, they use their answers to each question to complete the sentences for the story.
For example, I would complete the sentences like this:
It’s spring, and Julia and Charlie are in the Picos de Europa mountains. They came here with some friends on a bus at 8 a.m..
Now, it’s 12 o’clock and
the boy Charlie is looking at his notes about this climb. Next, after this, they are going to have a picnic lunch at the top of the mountain.
What a fantastic adventure!
This story is okay, but it could be better! We could add some more I wonder? questions to help learners use their imagination!
Encourage your learners to wonder and to try and be ambitious, inquisitive and imaginative!