Once in a while, it’s interesting to look at a picture and write whatever comes to your mind—no guidance, no rules.

So, here goes . . .

WRITING PROMPT FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL: In this writing prompt, teens will view a poignant picture and write what comes to mind. The picture has historical significance and is filled with irony.

A little history on the picture: It was taken during World War II in Stalingrad (now called Volgograd) in the Soviet Union, August 1942, by a Russian reporter and photographer. The foreground is so very different from the background and sets up a terrible irony.

According to The Guardian, the battle in Stalingrad to hold back the advance of the Nazi army was “one of the bloodiest battles of all time, with an estimated 2 million total casualties.” The picture was taken during that time period.

You can read more about that battle and see a video here.

Now it’s your turn: Take a look at this picture below and write what comes to your mind. When you write from a picture, any of these are acceptable: ideas, thoughts, a short story, poem, journal entry, wandering thoughts, stream-of-consciousness writing (writing whatever comes to your mind), and so forth.

Some questions to get you going: What do you think is happening to the building in the background? What is the statue depicting? Can you see any people in the picture?


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Copyright © 2015 by Sharon Watson
Photo credit: www.kremlin.ru., photographer Emmanuil Yevzerikhin. Camera images by Silvano Rebai / adobestock.com.

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