Graphic organizers are great when you are trying to organize your ideas, especially when you are using a photo to write from. If you have an idea for a story for your photo, then choose a brainstorm format that works for YOUR brain. If you write better by just jumping in, then do that.
But for many of you, you will have to find a topic to write about and that search may be uncomfortable. Trust me, the writing will come. For some, your story will leap out at you when you least expect it. Trust the creative process, but more importantly -- trust yourself. You know your imagination best!
Here are some graphic organizers that may help get your brainstorm going. Don't force it. Choose the one that makes your brain smile and say, "That's me." Create your own if that works for you.
This is a great graphic organizer for brainstorming ideas from a topic. An example would be a photo of a tree, so you could choose the topic nature or trees and go from there.
We will discuss graphic organizers on our second day of our residency, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.
* Here is an interactive online graphic organizer resource. You can type your graphic organizer. I am just not sure if it will save your work. But it a great resource to use for selecting the graphic organizer that will work best for your creative writing from the photograph.
* For students who can navigate a lot of choice.