A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The new unitedstreaming has another tool in its arsenal. A new feature called the Writing Prompt Builder joins two other very popular tools in the Teacher Center—the Quiz Builder and the Assignment Builder. With this tool, you can create your own original writing prompts with embedded images from the unitedstreaming image library or search for prompts that are already saved in the library.

RiverFor years, many teachers have embraced the concept of using interesting photographs to stimulate writing, and the new Writing Prompt Builder simply makes the task of creating such writing projects much easier. One way to learn how to use this new tool is to examine some of the prompts that have already been created for your use. For example, the picture I have included here comes from an example titled “River View” and is accompanied with this suggested prompt:  “This house stands on the banks of the Amazon River in South America. How is it different from yours? Compare and contrast your house to this one.”

Create an entire library of writing prompts in your "My Content" area and you will never be at a loss when you need one for a writing assignment.  Challenge your students with open ended questions that are aligned to your state standards and designed to stimulate creative expression and critical thinking.

Chris Marshall, a DEN Manager in Texas, has created a great video tutorial that will guide you through the steps involved in creating a writing prompt. Click the link below to download this tutorial:
Download writing_prompt_tutorial.wmv

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