Thursday, June 22, 2017

Back in Time - a story prompt

John S. and farm cat
South Dakota
approximately 1934
This photo makes me wonder what happened next - did my oldest brother pet the cat? Did the cat run away or stand its ground? Were there tears?

When I was teaching, I often used photographs as prompts for writing assignments. One observation can ignite a story.


  1. That is such a great picture!! I can remember some of my teachers using pictures as prompts as well.

  2. Oh I love this photo. I've decided the cat came over and sat down, and let your brother pet him a couple of times and then ran away "insulted" as cats do ... :-)

  3. John looks like he was quite gentle with the cat. I'm guessing the story had a HAPPY ending.

  4. I always enjoyed it when my teachers did the same. Your brother looks as though he was very gentle with the cat.

  5. I loved using photos as writing prompts. My story is that the cat s
    Leaned in for more petting and purred her contentment.

  6. Are there screens on those windows? Zach lives in a home in mexico with no screens. Bats. lizards and many chewing bugs visit him ...Im grateful for screens!

  7. I love to make up stories about photographs to this day-great teaching idea!

  8. I would like to say that the sweet little boy was going to pet the cat and the cat would snuggle with the boy because he is so adorable and lovable. BUT I really think he is about to pull that cat's ear and cause a war to break out resulting in not only tears but maybe a little blood as well.

  9. Yes it looks like he will gently pet the cat and will be joined by another kitten who is jealous of the attention! :) Lovely old photo!

  10. Sweet photo! Reminds me of the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.


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