Teachers and docents find that writing with art is an exciting, productive activity. Whether you are in a museum or a classroom, the following ideas and prompts can be springboards to writing for many purposes.
Engagement Strategies: Imagine a place that you love. Sometimes a good book can transport you to a place that seems very real in your mind. As writers, we all dream of being able to do that. The writer probably used a lot of sensory details to make that place (setting) come alive in your reader’s imagination. Most of us tend to tell the reader what to SEE, rather than create an image (mind picture) for the reader by tapping into the other senses.
Questions / Activities:
-If you choose to use this writing as a poem later, you can experiment with line breaks, adding and subtracting words, etc.
-If you are working on a story that has a specific setting, go back to that writing and use this exercise to make the images stronger.
-This exercise can be done without anything to look at. Have students close their eyes and imagine a place of importance to them. This place can have a happy, lonely or frightening memory attached to it.