Bev's adventures in ICT

Poems with PicLits

If you want to have a bit of fun creating poetry with your pupils then why not try creating a PicLit? The PicLits website has a fantastic selection of high quality and unusual images that can be used to inspire writing. The website has two options: you can either use the drag and drop facility (as shown in the photo above), which has plenty of themed vocabulary for each image, or you can write in freestyle mode (this still has a few suggestions to help the children along). Some children can be very resistant to creative writing but  ICT is often a good way to get them motivated.

Start off having a general talk about poetry:it dosen’t need to involve a lot of writing so can be a good opener!  Make sure you check for suitable images from the site beforehand. You could work as a large group together: initially looking at the drag and drop option but then progressing onto writing freestyle.

Think about which words could be used to describe certain parts of the image (e.g. How does the snow look? – white, powdery, fluffy etc.  What can we say about the skier? He’s alone, male, brave, fearless etc.) and, if desired, note the words liked on small white boards. After creating a whole group effort  split into smaller groups (of 2 or 3 pupils each) or individuals and see what the children can come up with.

To save work you can use print screen and paste the image with added text into a PowerPoint. PicLit does allow you to set up an account and save the created content and embed it into different sites but this is probably unnecessary, although it’s something that could be considered. The website has many good features although, in a perfect world, a more child friendly font in a larger size could further enhance the activity and make it more inclusive.

Thinking on this afterwards I thought it might be a good idea to create some type on PowerPoints, with similarly fabulous images or videos on the slides alongside a list of suggested vocabulary, although this is still just a thought in my head at the moment. You’ll just have to watch this space!


Comments on: "Poems with PicLits" (5)

  1. Simon Haughton said:

    I was using 2Publish+ today and it dawned on me how similar the ‘Anything’ template is to the PicLit site – although it doesn’t have the word bank with the words to drag up, it does have a big space for children to draw/import their own picture and then type anywhere they want on top of it.

  2. Cool idea Simon!

  3. wicked witch said:

    I did something similar with publisher last week. They had a bank of wintry pics to choose from but we then had to create our own wordbank. Results were still great.
    I love the word bank that you get with piclits.

  4. Hi. I am the founder of PicLits and was hoping you could send me the URl for the site that has a similar template for writing. I searched under 2Publish but did not find it. Hope you are still using PicLits and that you and your students are writing this summer.
    It is for people of all ages and both DRAG-N-DROP, the more challenging and FREESTYLE are adrenaline for being creative and writing everything from a sentence to a story.
    THANKS in advance ….. Terry Friedlander

    • Hi! Thanks for the comment. 2Publish+ is a piece of software created by 2Simple. Using it’s ‘anywhere’ setting (as suggested above) you can import an image and type anywhere on it, but there’s no additional vocabulary and it’s not web based. And yes – still using PicLits and hopefully have got a few more people interested in trying it 🙂

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