Tips for Writing an Amazing Picture Prompt Response
(brought to you by the Woodbury School District English Department)
Be sure to keep your story about the picture. Remember, use people in the picture as
your characters. Describe them. Use the setting of the picture as the setting of your
story. Make sure that if something is happening in the picture, it happens in your story as
Give very specific details. Name your characters. Give them an age and a history.
Describe the setting. What do your characters see, feel, taste, touch, and smell?
Add dialogue. It is always impressive when your characters have a conversation. In
addition, dialogue makes sure you are “showing” not “telling.”
Try to have a theme. If you can, make your character learn a lesson or have a
PREWRITE! Organize your thoughts and ideas. Jot them down, make a web, list your
characters, setting, conflict, and theme. Students who prewrite do better on writing
prompts than those who don’t. Organization counts!
Write, write, WRITE! They give you 25 minutes. Use the first five minutes to
prewrite and the last five minutes to revise and edit. The more you write and the more
details you give, the better your score.
Always revise and edit. If poor spelling and grammar get in the way of your fabulous
story, you will not score high.