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Each year, the WritingFix website sponsors a Digital Photo Contest for students and teachers worldwide.  The goal is for students (and teachers) to share original digital  pictures that would inspire their classmates to want to write the "story behind a picture."

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WritingFix's Digital Photo Resource Page!


At right, you see the student-winning digital photograph from our 2011 contest.  It was taken by an elementary student, Nathan, and sent in by his teacher, Mrs. Garrity.  You can enlarge the picture by clicking on.


If you use this photo in class as a writing prompt, and then have a student like what they're writing so much that they take their writing through the writing process, we want to see their published stories posted here!


Post no rough drafts...please.  We're looking for polished writing inspired by this photograph!  Final drafts of stories can be pasted or attached in the "Reply to This" box below.  If you do not see the "Reply to this" box below, it's a simple fix; look in the upper right-hand corner of this page for the "+Join Online Student Publishing" link and click on it.  That will allow you to post a story or poem inspired by this photo.


Very Important:  Teachers, please only share your students' first name and grade level with us when you post the writing on their behalf.  Do not post last names or school names, or the posts will be deleted.


Twenty-five Teachers every semester will win a free classroom resource!  Each semester, we choose 25 new students to publish at our online lessons directly at the world-famous WritingFix website. To have your students' writing considered, it can be posted below in the box underneath  this posting.  In November and May, we will select the 25 students whose writing
impressed us the most, and if your student(s) is selected, you will be asked to choose from any of the NNWP Print Publications (http://www.unr.edu/educ/nnwp/publications.html) for us to send to your classroom. 


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--Corbett Harrison, WritingFix Webmaster

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Lauren-6th grade

Little Boys

Mom says "Don't play in the mud!"

"or you won't get any Milk Duds!"

But mud is fun,

especially in the sun.

Darn! Time for a shower,

but I'll play King Kong tower.

After I'm all nice and clean,

time for dinner rice and beans.

Dessert and a movie,

ice cream and the 80's film "Groovy"

Yawn! The day is almost over,

now that I'm in bed- oh, here comes my cat Rover!

To come and sleep on my bed,

with me and Mr. Tedd.

And now, sleeping the night away,

waiting for the next day...

to play in the mud.


-grade 6

Our Childhood Memories


Our childhood memories,

                                                                                    we had so much fun, just

 being ourselves, not

caring who could see.

                                                                              The mud painted a smile on

                                                                                      each of our faces.

                                                                             You are always

there, even in the mud

splattered times.

Thank you for being

my true, real and best


Please don’t flip

    your ways.


-grade 6



Mud, mud

Oh so fun,

Laughing, playing,

In the sun,

Splish, splash,

The two boys,

Playing in the glistening

Brown, mud,

I step out,

And I see,

Blobs of,

Brown mud,

All over me.


Grade 10

          As a young kid you have no worries or cares.  The number one thing you think about is having fun.  The hardest question to ask yourself is which game you are going to play next.  Aside from school and homework the rest of your time is used to entertain yourself.  During summer vacation is when we can really let loose and have fun all day.

          I remember every morning waking up at seven in the morning, earlier than I wake up for school.  I would go to the restroom, brush my teeth and head to the kitchen.  Eat a quick bowl of cereal and go outside.  Luckily my cousins lived down the street at my Grandma’s house, so my brother, sister, and I could walk down the street whenever we wanted.  But the first thing we had to do was give Grandma a kiss “Good Morning” then go play outside.  Since I had four cousins living close by, we could play or do anything.

Our Grandparent’s backyard was big enough for us to play almost anything.  We would always play tag, soccer, kickball, football, and on really hot days we would use the slip and slide to cool off.  If we wanted a treat we would use brooms to knock oranges off the tree in the front yard.  We would always save the biggest, juiciest one for Grandma and Grandpa to share.  The best game to play was hide and seek.  We would play in the park around the corner, groups of two or three were made and we would use the entire park.  Our Grandparents could see us from the backyard of the house and promised that they wouldn’t help anybody, but we knew they helped the younger ones.

          Things are different now that I’m almost sixteen years old.  We all got older and have our own friends.  Grandma passed away and we moved to different parts of the city.  I play football and devote my entire summer to training for the nest season.  We can’t play those fun childish games anymore because were too busy with other things.  Instead of playing games and having fun I have to think about school, money, driving, work, and a social life.  Even kids now don’t play games outside with each other.  My younger cousins would rather play video games instead of basketball or tag.  Now that I’m older I can really appreciate those summer days.


Grade 10

I think a picture is worth more than a thousand words and if you look clearly you’ll see the true meaning of the picture. In the picture with the two boys laughing, I can tell the buys are having so much fun, and I can really tell the bond they have towards each other. In this picture I feel these boys are brothers or they could just be super close friends, but either way I can see how close they are.

I thought this was a great picture because you can get so much from it. It is great how you the boys are having fun with just looking at their faces. In this picture the boys look like they are having the time of their lives and they look like their thinking life is great and it can’t get any better than this.                                                 In this picture, the boys look very full of life and so full of life and so happy. To me the boys in the picture just want to have fun and thought I’d be fun to play outside with mud.  In this picture I can tell they are very humble boys and they don’t care if they got dirty with mud because it’s just a hot day in the sun and they want to have fun. Some of the kids now a day’s don’t want to get dirty and I can tell that the boys were just searching and desperately wanting to do something fun. It is great how instead of being inside the house like most kids do today, they are outside playing with mud. Most kids today all want to do is play video games and watch TV, but these boys totally changed the meaning of having fun.  Looking at this amazing picture, all I want to do is go outside and have fun. It makes me want to dance, jump and play games like soccer, volleyball and even football. It also makes me want to get in a car with all my friends and head to the beach. It reminds me of summer, the beach and water parks.  It’s so great all the meanings you can get from just one picture.

 The picture has so much inspiration and it could be represented in so many ways such as be happy, go outside and have fun or even spend time with siblings. This picture is represented in so many ways and I hope other people that see it can see the joy and life that I saw when I took time to look at the picture.


Grade 10

This photograph represents friendship and brotherly love. The beautiful smile on his face makes the little boy happier than ever. The looks in their faces are so concentrated that nobody could take them apart from each other. On a hot summer day these two boys were playing around in the mud and it shows how they are so innocent. Since they are shirtless, it is probably very hot outside and that is what made them throw mud at each other. They are not mad at each other because if they were they would not be smiling. The smile in their face represents happiness and tenderness in their hearts. I would know because I have an older brother and fighting with him is not exactly bad, but brings us together and we laugh afterwards. During an argument or after a joke my brother and I always laugh and talk our problems out. I know he will always be there and have my back if anything ever goes wrong. That is exactly what is happening in the picture as well. These two young boys represent a good childhood memory and being always there for each other. It could also be a rainy day and the light gleaming on the shows how they are good and the shadows around them represents the evil that will come through out their lives which they will face eventually someday. The look on his face is very electrifying, as if they were about to go on an adventure. In this picture they are full of mud, but maybe it could represent freedom that their parents usually do not give to them. Their brotherly love surpasses everything in their lives. The wood behind them probably means they are farm boys enjoying their lives with farm animals. They might as well be in their backyard or if their best friends enjoying a good day in the hot gleaming summer. These two young boys seeing each other in their eyes explain several things. They are wondering what prank they should do next. It also reminds me of laughter. Everyone needs to be happy in order to be healthy and we have our own ways to make that happen. When we are young and innocent, it might be hard for us to gasp the difference between good and bad, but what we do know is happiness is always there for us. When we are young our parents, relatives, and friends convince us to do many things. Some might be good or others bad, but we always end up together amused at everything that occurred. Therefore, family is always there for you no matter what. This picture represents laughter and friendship that we all have had once in our lives. The boys look very happy together and that explains the picture of their remarkable memory.


Grade 10

           They say that there are no such things as soul mates. I personally, am a strong believer, since in fact, have one myself. In my eyes, it does not necessarily mean that two partners fall in love and get married. I believe that it could be the strongest friendship where two people bond like a chain and understand each other’s little flaws completely. When I met my soul mate, I believe it was God who brought us together. It may have been a typical meeting, but it is still a major moment in my life that I will never forget. We were the last two girls left to take our physical exam. We shared the same math class, but we did not talk, since I was a new student. She had the typical bad first impression of me and immediately took a disliking towards me. But as soon as we started talking, something (or several things) clicked. We had the same interest and viewpoints; I had never met anyone so much like me before. Ever since that day, she stopped judging people at first glance. Obviously, we have made a big impact on each other’s lives, and I believe that my life would have been much more difficult without her by my side. She thanks me for inspiring her to stand up for herself, and to be able to act silly in public without feeling embarrassed, or caring about what other people think of her. I am glad she is out of her shell, so now others can get to enjoy her upbeat and silly personality, like I do each and every day. I thank her for making me a much more optimistic person. Before, I had always seen the glass half empty, but she taught me how to enjoy every morsel of life and to be grateful for everything I have. We would not have seen how strong bond was, until later when we saved each other’s lives. She’s the person I thank for pushing me out of the way from getting struck by a truck. It’s so strange how she just saved me in the nick of time. I am proud to say that I returned the favor where I pushed her out of the way of a falling tree. We don’t understand how we got placed together or how we work so well together, but we are glad that God gave us a second chance at life and happiness.

A Haiku

by Connor, Grade 3

Playing in the mud,

Just like a pig in the sun,

Having lots of fun! 

A Chili Poem

 By: Jonathan, a 7th Grader


Two brothers eat some chili.

An hour later, “Run to the bathroom!”

Halfway across the yard-“Never mind.”


Little Kids

Emma 7th Grade


Little kids,

Acting like pigs, throwing and falling in mud.

Soon they got cold,

And the playing got old,

So they went inside to wash off.

Then they were clean,

And little Joe got mean,

So Charlie and Joe picked a fight.

The mom stepped in,

But got poked by a pin,

She started to bleed on Charlie.

The blood made Joe cry,

His mom gave a big sigh,

Picked Joe up and left!

By Caitlin, 5th grader





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