Think The New York Times is simplest for readers at an excessive-faculty studying stage? Think again.

Besides written articles, The Times additionally gives a wealthy series of visuals — pics, illustrations, pix, GIFs and quick videos — that are available to freshmen of all levels. Since 2016, we’ve been offering these snapshots in our day by day Picture Prompts: brief, picture-pushed posts that invite a diffusion of sorts of student writing.

Teachers inform us they use these prompts in all kinds of methods. Some use them to inspire college students to increase a daily writing addiction. Others as an exercising to exercise inferences, spark dialogue or help analyzing. This 12 months, one elementary college track instructor informed us how her elegance used the visuals as idea for writing brief tales observed by using tune.


For greater ideas, we’ve a lesson plan on a way to teach with Picture Prompts and other Times images, as well as a unfastened, on-call for webinar that explores how to use our thousands of writing prompts for everyday low-stakes writing practice throughout the curriculum.

Below, we’ve classified the a hundred and forty+ prompts we published at some stage in the 2018-19 school year based totally at the sort of writing they usually ask college students to do — whether or not it’s penning quick testimonies and poems, sharing reviews from their personal lives, telling us their evaluations, or decoding an picture’s message. All are nevertheless open for comment.

You can discover even more pix in our Picture Prompt roundups for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 college years.

If you operate this option together with your college students, or if you have other ideas for how to use photographs, illustrations and pictures to encourage writing, allow us to know within the feedback segment.