by Michele Thiessen

1. PicLits--piclits.com

2. I found this tool when I searched for "Language Arts Technology Tools".  This is the description from the "about" page.

PicLits.com 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.

3. Tutorial:

You do not need to create an account to create a PicLit; however, you must create an account to save or share your PicLits.

  1. On the main page, choose a photograph from the scrolling images at the top or click "see more" to see more photographs.
  2. Once your photograph is chosen, you will see words on the bottom of the page divided into categories. Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs, and Universal, which includes punctuation.
  3. You can choose to be in "Drag-N-Drop" mode or "Freestyle" mode.
  4. If using Drag-n-Drop mode, drag words to the picture to make a sentence, poem, paragraph, or any type of writing style that you choose. Once you drag a word into the photograph, you can click on the down arrow sign to capitalize the word or change it to another form. For example, the word "cool" can be changed to "Cool", "cooler" or "coolest". To remove a word simply drag it out of the text box. It is not possible to change the font, color or size of the text.
  5. If using Freestyle mode, click on "Freestyle" and you will see a text box where you can write your own text using any words that you want. There are suggested words to the side if you get stuck. See "more keywords" for even more possibilities.
  6. If you have an account, click "save" or one of the sharing options.
  7. You can also click on "Explore the Gallery" to look at recently uploaded PicLits.
  8. If you wish to explore the site further and get ideas for creating different types of PicLits, click on the "Learn It" tab, then on the "Write It" icon. There are many ideas listed here for creating PicLits.

4. Application for the Classroom: Students can create PicLits in Language Arts or any class that is focused on writing. Here are some examples of writing that students can produce on PicLits:
-simple/complex/compound sentence
-short story/narrative
-foreign language
-classroom assignment
-creative word placement
-song lyrics


-quotation (person/book/movie)
-journal entry
-holiday/special occasion
-free verse


There is also a section for further learning with three categories: Write it, Rhyme It, and Master It. There are free ideas and lesson plans under each category.

5. My PicLits