There are so many ways to use writing prompts in class- why not use animals? The added benefit of using animals is that the writing may be fantasy, or it may be more non fiction like, ‘let’s learn about the animals’. Either way, an engaging image will always get students’ attention.
For example, in Denise Cassano’s Orca Attack, we see four orcas racing towards a chunk of pack ice. The orcas hit the ice so hard that it tipped it and tossed the seal into the sea. This is an actual way that orcas team up to get food. It’s called a wave wash and it’s fascinating to watch. In polar seas, orcas quietly pop their heads out of the freezing water, looking for seals who rest on pack ice. Once a seal is spotted, orcas slip back into the water and team up. As a group, they swim fast towards the ice, creating a large wave. This wave hits the ice with such force that it knocks the seal right into the water. Once under the surface, a seal is easy prey for a group of orcas.
When using wiring prompts it’s also a good idea to have a full image of the animal. In the illustration they are hard to see. This is an image I used to as a reference when making the image.
Here is a great video of a orca wave wash if you want to see it in action.
How do you use animal writing prompts in your class? I’d love to know- drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.