Analyzing Primary Sources: Bloom’s Taxonomy Image Writing Prompts

Civil rights march on Wash[ington], D.C.


  • List the different shapes you see.
  • How many people do you see?
  • How many __________ do you see?
  • List all of the objects that start with the letter “___”.
  • Circle all of the people with _______.
  • List all of the __________ that you see. What makes them different or the same?


  • Estimate how many _______ might be in this picture.
  • What is the main idea or topic of this picture? What story does it tell? What details in the picture support your thinking?
  • Is this picture happy or sad? What details in the picture support your thinking?
  • Is this picture new or old? What details in the picture support your thinking?
  • What might you change in this picture to give it a new idea?


  • Use as many adjectives as you can to describe someone/something in this picture.
  • List 3-5 questions you have about this picture.
  • What might the people in this picture be saying?
  • What might the objects in this picture be thinking?
  • If you could talk to someone/something in this picture, what would you say?
  • What might happen next in this picture? What details in the picture support your thinking?
  • In this picture, what if ___________?


  • Where might this picture have been taken? What makes you think that? What specific details that suggest the place?
  • When do you think this picture might have been taken? How do you know? What specific details suggest the time?
  • Who is the most important person in this picture? Why?
  • What is the most important object in this picture? Why?
  • In this picture, what is the _______-est or the most _________? (superlative)


  • What don’t you see in this picture that you want to see or think you should see?
  • Cover half of the photo. How might this change how someone views the picture?
  • Is this picture a good example of _________? Why or why not?
  • Do you think this is an important picture to study? Why or why not?


  • Create other objects that could be placed in this picture and seem to belong.
  • Give a title to this picture, then explain your choice.
  • Write a caption for this picture that you feel explains what it’s about.
  • Create a new picture that shows what happened right before/after this picture was taken.
  • Turn the picture over and draw a picture that relates to the original.
  • Add this source to a textbook, providing any needed secondary source information.

Please feel free to download and distribute the Bloom’s Taxonomy Image Writing Prompts (but please keep the footers and headers, including logos, intact).

You also might want to review K-5 writing prompts and activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards!