Words from Art and Illustrations activity

It has been said that "a picture is worth a thousand words". Typically, an author writes a story. Then an artist illustrates it.
The goal is that the art reflects the author's ideas.

Turn this process on its head.

1. Consider one of the illustrations posted at Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators website.

2. Write the title of the work and the artist's name at the top of your page.

3. Write an original, opening paragraph for the story in the artwork.

Check out The Importance of the Opening Paragraph By Wayne Schmidt, for some author advice.

Start with a sentence that makes the reader ask a question. Start with an action scene.

Include an an unexpected statement.

Optional: Finish the story.


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posted 10/2007 In honor of Elma T. Connolly - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora
Updated January 3, 2016

Aligned with the following Pa Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, Arts & Humanities

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