Tuesday, May 12, 2009


PicLits is a “creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.” (Source: PicLits website) PicLits are a beautiful synergy of photo and text. Just for fun, create your own "PicLit" or simply browse the gallery. Here is mine:

PicLit from PicLits.com
See the full PicLit at PicLits.com


  1. Very cool idea!! I have inspirational posters all over my office and love them!
    Is that your dog? Adorable!

  2. I would love to use this with ELa or ASE classes. This would be a great conclusion to our poetry units. Students would be forced to THINK and to consider many word combination in an effort to select their best, most expressive writing. I like how it prompts you with word choices but lets you select variations on the word, or you can choose freestyle. Though restricting them to the words given might force them to think more!

  3. I had studyhall students write similie and metaphor using Piclit today-they loved it-best of the bunch received chocolate after they showed them on the board. I showed it to an ELA teacher and asked if we could use this when we do Haiku next year. The kids often stuggle but if they have word choices, that should help and to match a Haiku to a picture whould be great.

  4. Hi Jill,

    Can you share some of these with us? (The PicLits, not the Chocolate!)

  5. Jill,
    Send them to me as attachments, and I will post them.

  6. We already do something like this in ELA classes. I give students pictures to inspire their haiku. Then we write the haiku on an index card, tape it to the picture, and display them in the classroom during open house.

  7. Thanks Jill for sharing the PICLIT metaphors that your studyhall students created. I particularly loved the "my life is like a wave rope...". I still vividly remember some of the awesome metaphors/similes my students have created. Three I still love are: The clothes danced on the clothesline; a ballet without purpose (J. Cowan); The teacher's pen is a sword, deadly in every aspect" (excerpt from a poem, C. Myers) and "The wind was a burgler sneaking up, stealing all the leaves, like precious jewels in his bag" (excerpt from poem, N. Shannon). Some teachers have shared with me that they think figurative language is just too difficult for middle school kids to grasp (especially to write) but I disagree. They just need the right modeling and submersion in great figurative text and they can do it. I even get the permission of my middle school authors to use their works as models.

  8. Our art teachers asked for great figurative text to read to students, and had the students draw what they heard. I gave them some of my favorites as well as recommendatins from Brenda Baker and it worked well. the students were worried about "missing something" and kept asking the teacher to reread, which shows students are so worried about "the right answer" instead of flowing in the moment!

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