Required Journal Entry 7: Description and Narration Prewriting
Choose a photograph that depicts an important event in your life.
1. In your journal, make a list of everything you see in the photo. Work from left to right and
from the background to the foreground.
2. List two specific, concrete details for each sense that describes your experience of the event
Write one fresh, creative comparison (one simile or metaphor) for one of your details .
Sketch out the narrative details of your picture.
1. Scene—Where did the event take place?
2. Key actions—What events led up to the one depicted? Did anything significant happen
3. Key participants—Who is depicted in your photo?
4. Key lines of dialogue—What was being said at the time? By whom?
5. Feelings—What were you feeling at the time the photo was taken?
Required Journal Entry 8: Description and Narration
Write: Using the details you collected in Journal Entry 7, write the story to accompany the
photo. Be sure that your story has a clear beginning, middle, and end, and that you use your dialogue
and descriptive elements effectively to convey your feelings to your reader. (3 paragraphs,
Reflect: Does your photo tell an audience everything they would need to know about this event?
What does your story provide that your picture can’t? Is the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand
words” true? (Length open)