A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’ was first used by Henrik Ibsen in 1906.  

It still applies today.

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In order to encourage deeper observation, imagination and descriptive writing, a picture was introduced.  In small groups, the picture was labelled with ideas that they could see in the picture and included adjectives and interesting descriptive language.

Once the pictures were labelled, the students were asked to write a description of the image with a focus on what might be heard, seen, and felt by them if they were part of the scene.

When you are writing you can give the reader a clear image.  They know what you are imagining. Using a static image hooks the reader in and makes you want to read the story attached to it.

I imagined myself as the man in the black tuxedo.  He was in the front of the picture.  It reminded me of my uncle who had cancer.  He was obvious, not really doing anything, just sitting and it made me want to write.

The reader has the image in their mind and might encourage them to read on.

This work has sparked a push to write more descriptively in Room 6.


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