But I'm here to tell you that these times they are changing, and changing for the better because gifs should be our new writing prompts. Just let the kids watch these snippets of media and let them write and create. And gifs are everywhere. If fact you've probably seen them but never realized they had a name. The name is gif. They come in all shapes, sizes, and length and they're not going anywhere.
Reddit has a thread called MichaelBayGifs. The set-up is pretty simple: add explosions to videos for no apparent reason--just because. You see, Michael Bay is a film director who just loves his explosions. He made all the Transformer films, Bad Boys I & II, Armageddon, and The Rock.
Example: Take this ordinary gif of a budgie running on a table...
Add in the explosions...
Now you've got a great writing prompt for your class.
I've used gifs and short 10 second movies as writing prompts before with my students, and seen successful they can be to generate engagement. Using tactics like these really seem to help with my reluctant writers too, so I'm willing to try just about anything to get my students writing.
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Writing is such a difficult subject to teach because every student is at a different level whether it is vocabulary, creativity level, knowledge of subjects, and grammar skills. Timing is another subject (or rather, lack of time) where students can just write too.
Writing without boundaries builds stamina and allows students to explore which is what I like to have the students do. Personally, I don't think it's a problem for students to write without parameters but it's because many times my main goals is to just get the kids to write (and write more than two sentences).
For those of you that might like this idea, but think the explosions are a little too explosive I present some other gifs to try as writing prompts.
So I've got a question for you...
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