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Reading Photographs Helps Students Write Better

I just got around to perusing the Feb/Mar 2008 Issue of Reading Today this afternoon. Tucked away on page 46 I found an article entitled “‘Reading’ photographs can lead students to better writing,” which talks about a book that deals with this entire concept. I’ve always been a proponent in looking at photographs and helping them to craft writing, but this book takes it a step further with writing activities that can be inspired by photos. Reading Photographs to Write with Meaning and Purpose is definitely going on my “to read” list for this-coming summer.


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Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

4 thoughts on “Reading Photographs Helps Students Write Better Leave a comment

  1. How strange that you would blog about this topic because I just did a lesson today on using pictures to analyze mood. My kids did a great job with it. I, too, use photos with writing in my class and the book you suggested looks great. I might need to pick up a copy. Thanks again for all your great suggestions.


  2. Stacey-took a workshop at the National Portrait Gallery last fall. One activity we did with a partner was to select a portrait in a gallery and talk about how we could each use it to teach across curricular areas in 10 minutes. My partner was a high school history teacher and I’m elementary. We selected a Keith Haring painting. We couldn’t talk enough about the possibilities for both our classes once we got thinking about it. The point was to get us and thus our students to develop our visual literacy. I can’t imagine how much our kids could have talked about it! This book sounds great. Thanks for the tip.


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