Here's a ready writing situation and task that walks students through the steps of writing a story from a picture. Picture-based prompts are great for young writers because they offer immediate settings from which a story can begin. Consider many of Norman Rockwell’s pictures, along with Winslow Homer’s works of art, and for that matter find your all time favorite
painter. Study the image deciding where it takes place. Then briefly decide what, when, who, why, and how.
I usually divide the worksheet activities over a three day period. I provide students with at least 4 different oversized pictures, paintings, or photographs, then allow them to move to that visual (no more than 4 students per group) and begin by brainstorming, etc. The worksheets are a guide, a starting point. An alternative is to have the entire group produce one story. This appraoch is more challenging. If you want to try it, first have the students decide on a setting and the premise of the story, then divide the story into parts so each child can work on event 3, 4, 5, etc. The key is to revise the story frequently, and allow students to add the events in logical sequence. Give them lots of opportunities to discuss and read events they have written down to one another.