Photo Writing Prompts for Middle School

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Getting middle school students to write does not have to be an uphill battle! This lesson offers prompts you can use to get your middle school students writing about photographs.

Photo Writing

Are you interested in helping your middle school students write longer and deeper pieces? Students at this age are often well able to express themselves, but they might be a bit hesitant about really digging into a writing assignment. Having a good prompt and strong content for them to write about can make all the difference.

Middle school students are often deeply immersed in visual culture and look at many kinds of photographs over the course of each day. Whether you're using photos to support a social studies curriculum; to examine, analyze or critique popular culture; or to help students reflect on their own lives, the medium can be an important one for supporting all different kinds of writing.

The prompts in this lesson are designed to get your middle school students writing thoughtfully about photography. You can modify each prompt to meet the specific details of particular photos as well as the needs and abilities of the students in your class.

Photographic Content

Sometimes, we look at photos primarily for the content; they tell us stories about someone or something, or they help us form deeper and more nuanced understandings of the world. This section offers writing prompts oriented toward helping students analyze the content of photos.

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