Students often have a hard time getting started when it comes to writing poetry. They often say, "I don't know how," or "What would I write about?" or worse, "I don't have anything to say."
This exercise is meant to get the process started by using something they know really well - photographs! In their world today, so much of it is consumed by creating and distributing their photos. So, why not get them to spend some time delving deeper into one of their best, or most favorite?
As a first attempt at writing poetry, this activity allows them to use something familiar that may have some emotion attached to it. It is a non-threatening subject and something they likely know very well.
This activity just allows them to explore how to get something on paper, using prompts to draw information out of them in a brief writing exercise and then asking them to compose a few lines out of what they discovered while writing about the photograph.