Picture Composition Writing

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Picture Composition Writing for Primary

Picture Composition writing for primary grade students is a crucial skill that aids in the development of young learners’ imagination, creativity, and communication skills. Students are encouraged to write stories or descriptions that accurately reflect the tone and content of the images by using pictures as suggestions. Children can increase their vocabulary and grammar, as well as their overall writing abilities, through the process of composing picture compositions. This assignment can be used by teachers to evaluate their students’ reading comprehension, writing skills, and critical thinking ability. Students can acquire a lifelong love for writing and storytelling by being encouraged to use their creativity and express themselves through picture composition writing.

What is Picture Composition?

Picture composition, analysing and reading a picture to create a story or write-up.

General Format for Picture Composition

  1. Title
  2. Introduction – two or three line introduction to the theme. Introduces characters.
  3. Body – Main theme, idea, story or event that’s divided into 3- 4 smaller paragraphs.
  4. Conclusion – two or three line sum up of the narrative or end of the story.

Types of Compositions

Types of Compositions

Tips for writing Picture composition

1.  Analyze and read the picture for details. Look at the background, surrounding, characters. Use the 5 finger technique.

2.  Create characters with names. Put yourself in their shoes.

3.  Make a logical sequence and put in interesting and creative aspects.

4.  Write short sentences and connect them with conjunctions.

5.  Use simple language and make the plot fascinating. Give characters strong back grounds and elaborate only on points that strengthen the plot. Include small dialogues to make it interesting.

6.  Give a solid end and conclude with logical end.

7.  Always write your story in past tense.

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Five finger technique to write Picture Composition

Steps to write a Picture Composition for Primary

  1. Give a suitable title to your story.
  2. Write your story in paragraphs: Introduction, Body and Conclusion
  3. Introduction: Start with an opening sentence that generates an interest in the reader. In the next few sentences lead the reader to the body of the story.
  4. You can start by describing the character, the setting, an action or begin with a dialogue. Leave a line after the introduction.
  5. Main body: You may further divide the body into two or three paragraphs. Describe the sequence of events logically and in detail. Use your five senses to write vividly. Describe how the character would hear, see, smell, taste and touch.
  6. Write short, powerful sentences. Eg; I was ‘on cloud nine’, instead of ‘I was happy’. Sam felt ‘a chill run down his spine’, instead of Sam was frightened, etc.
  7. Every sentence should be relevant, and should help you in building the story. Leave a line after the body.
  8. Conclusion: Write a brief paragraph of around 3 to 4 lines that logically brings an end to your story. Resolve all conflicts. The story should leave the reader satisfied.
  9. Remember to plan your story with the 5Ws and 1h :
    • Who are your characters?
    • Where does the story take place?
    • When does the story take place?
    • What happened (including the conflict)?
    • Why did the problem occur?
    • How was the problem solved?

Example of Picture Composition

Look at the picture below and write a composition in about 125-135 words.

Sample picture composition

Place: Traffic light in front of school

Main Idea: Road Safety, Traffic rules







Green man


Traffic warden / Jane

Uniformed / Grade 11



Leo and James


Jay walking






Sample Answer

(The answer given below may be used as a guideline to write a picture composition.) 

Safety on the road

Our school’s name is XYZ School. There is a traffic light just in front of our school. It is usually very busy when we reach school and also at dispersal time. Many cars use that road during this time. So we must be very careful when we cross the road. Jane of Grade 12 is our traffic warden for this week. She helps smaller children like me use the pedestrian crossing to cross the road cautiously. 

Yesterday evening, when we were going home after school, something really bad happened. Leo and James of my class were caught by the traffic warden breaking traffic rules. They were jay walking carelessly when the red man was on. The car behind could have hit them and they could have been seriously injured.

Jane caught them breaking the rule so she warned them and told them never to do that again. She told them to be like Arthur who was patiently waiting for the green man to come on. Leo and James realized their mistake and promised never to repeat it again.

Moral: Always follow traffic rules.

General pointers

  • Identify the main idea and setting
  • Then write out the nouns (characters and things), adjectives that describe the nouns, verbs and the adverbs that describe the verbs from the picture.
  • Give the nouns (characters) some names.
  • Using the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, write out a story or description for the picture .
  • Form short and simple sentences.
  • Always give the composition a title. You can even write a moral (if possible).
  • There must be 3 paragraphs: introduction , content and conclusion. Always write in this format. Do not write as points or as a single paragraph.
  • Give your composition a good ending. Do not leave it half done.
  • Adding dialogues or exclamations will make the composition more interesting to read but should not be too much.

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