I wanted to blog on a site that I recently learned about called PicLits. I can't believe I didn't find this site sooner. As an educator we are always working hard to increase our students' vocabulary and help them become better writers. I love this site and what it has to offer a learner. This site is great for elementary, middle, high school, and post secondary.
PicLits is a creative writing site which provides images and word banks to generate sentences about the picture. The vision of PicLits is to provide learners with a combination of words placed on a photograph to capture the essence, story and meaning of the picture.
Image what your students can do with this and where they can take their writing. Far away places? To the sea? On a boat? In the sky?
Your students have the option to choose words from the word bank by dragging and dropping them into the photo. There is also a "freestyle" option as well.
As the words are dragged and dropped onto the picture, the website allows the option for capitalization, punctuation, and various tenses of the word. I love that they didn't forget about grammar and punctuation.
Here are some wonderful Classroom Applications courtesy of http://techie-bytes.blogspot.com/:
- Practice the various types of sentences (Grammar)
- Writing/introducing poetry (i.e. Alliteration, Limericks, Lanterne, Diamante, Haiku)
- Creative/descriptive writing
- Free verse poems
- Parts of speech
- Subject/verb agreement
- Compound/complex sentences
- Story starter
- Vocabulary words (example1)
- Practice with foreign language
- Word formation
- Verb tenses
- New Year resolution
- Sensory and figurative language (i.e. Simlies/Metaphors, Synonyms/Antonyms)
- Character traits
- One line summary of a song or story
- Collaborative writing
- Prompts for journal writing
- The images and accompanying word banks provide visual and vocabulary support for ESL students and reluctant writers. http://www.web2teachingtools.com/piclits.html#
- Science classes can use the nature photos to write about curriculum topics. http://www.web2teachingtools.com/piclits.html#
- Images can be used to practice math problems or write math sentences. http://www.web2teachingtools.com/piclits.html#
- Have students find a memorable quote from a story or book they are reading and create a Piclit to showcase it. http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/969226323/piclits
- Each student can choose a phrase they hear often (from mom, dad, grandma, teacher etc.) and design a Piclit around it. http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/969226323/piclits
- Choose a line from a favorite poem and create a Piclit. http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/969226323/piclits
- Choose a line from a favorite song or rap. http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/969226323/piclits
- Choose five vocabulary words. http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/969226323/piclits
- Choose five adjectives to describe the picture they chose. http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/969226323/piclits
- Choose five rhyming words to describe the picture they chose. http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/969226323/piclits