Emergent writers in special education don't get enough genuine writing activities. While gen ed classes use lots of photos for writing prompts, here is an opportunity for emergent writers to use photos to add captions, titles, speech and thought bubbles.
One of the things we can do to help them is to provide alternative pencils. This can include computer keyboards (preferably with software that offers word prediction), typewriters (do those still exist?), aac system keyboards or other keyboard apps with word prediction features, word banks (on the computer or on paper - see my resources at TPT here
, scribes or other dictation methods, and more.
Texting has offered some of our students the ability to “write” without the “constraints” of spelling and syntax.
The heavy use of images and subtexting or captioning in social media has also provided a genuine writing opportunity with minimized constructs.
Here is a set of 31 images that are copyright free and offer the opportunity for whatever level of genuine writing your students can use; title, label, caption, add speech bubbles… (A page of these is included )
As your students’ skills grow, you can revisit their initial responses and see if they can revise and expand on them.
On the last page, find a list of core words you can put into a word bank so writers can use them.