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SHOW don't TELL

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Amy Swanson

on 23 October 2015

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Transcript of SHOW don't TELL

What does it mean when we say "show don't tell?"
This represents a narrative technique of using imagery (language that appeals to the senses), figurative language (metaphors, similes, personification, etc.) and vivid vocabulary to help the reader EXPERIENCE what we are telling a
story about. We are going to be writing "Eerie Tales" and our focus, or objective, will be to use these narrative techniques to improve our storytelling. (W.8.3)
Show Don't Tell: Lesson 2
Written descriptions should paint a picture in the reader's minds. Let's examine how this works. Right now, I'm going to read a description of a monster to you. I will read it several times, slowly. I would like you to draw what you believe the monster looks like. Don't worry about what's on other people's papers. Just draw what you see in your mind while I read.
Another monster...
Here's a second monster description. The process will be the same. I will read the description to you several times, slowly. Do your best to draw what you see in your mind whilst I read it.
Create your own
Now, write a description of a monster of your own. Make it awesome. Write a description that would allow someone else to see in their mind exactly what you see in your mind. After writing your description, draw your monster. Later, we will read our description to a partner and see if their drawing is similar to our own.
SHOW don't TELL
Show don't tell: Lesson 1
VIVID VOCABULARY
Comparison
Now let's compare the drawings we all made. What can we learn about vivid description based on these drawings?
You have just received a packet filled with vivid, or lifelike, vocabulary words. This packet will be useful to you WHENEVER you do narrative writing.

Right now, we're going to look through the pages of the packet at our own pace and
highlight at least five words on each page that you feel like you would like to use in your writing this year.
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