I use clip art and small coloring pictures for my students to color and write about all year long. I begin the year with this activity because I can focus on Verbs, Adjectives, and Nouns in elaborated sentences. Now I can keep multiple copies in a basket to use at any moment.
This is an example of the beginning of 2nd grade writing. Ella is a verbal child and reading on grade level. She has a rich vocabulary too. Ella wrote her own story and was inspired by the visual. My below average students may only write a sentence. Either way, all learning styles are encouraged and successful. Check for Visual Reading and Writing Activities for the Common Core in my store. All can be found at www.visualccl.com