Some children can look at a typical writing topic like, “Imagine you found a dinosaur in your backyard, what would you do?” and have no trouble coming up with things to write. Others sometimes need more visual stimulation to get the old gears turning. That’s why the story pictures at Super Teacher Worksheets (STW) are just perfect. The idea is simple. Students write a story to accompany the cartoon depicted on each worksheet in the writing space provided below. And with over seventy topics to choose from (and counting), there is bound to be something that will appeal to any child.
Now I have approached assigning these worksheets in a few different ways. In some classes I assign the same one to everyone, being sure to take ten minutes to do some group brainstorming. In other classes I’ve chosen a set of 12 (the maximum size of my EFL classes) and given a different one to each child. After the writing has been done the more confident students sometimes read their work aloud, followed up by a little group discussion. The advantage of everyone doing a different story is there is less competition (or self-consciousness) to come up with THE funniest story. That said, I’ve gotten some amazing results with classes that were all assigned the same topic, so you’ll just have to figure out what works for you.
(You can also try these FREE picture writing prompts courtesy of Lanternfish.)