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Writer's Workshop: Show Don't Tell and Editing Mini-lessons

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jean zambelli

on 21 February 2016

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Transcript of Writer's Workshop: Show Don't Tell and Editing Mini-lessons

What does it mean to show and not tell?
To create an interesting story, the writer needs to
show not tell
the reader about people, places, and things they are writing about.

Showing creates mental pictures in the reader’s mind.
When readers get a clear picture, they are more engaged in the writer's story.
J. Zambelli October 2014
Writer's Workshop: Show Don't Tell and Editing Mini-lessons
An Example
Telling Sentence
o It was an unusual cat.

Showing Sentence
o With yellow eyes glowing red, long, black fur that stood on end, a mouth full of sharp pointed teeth that emitted a yowl like a tiger, I knew that the small animal before me was no ordinary cat.

Charts from Pinterest
Another Example: A Whiteboard lesson from Scholastic.com
Google: My January Top Ten List: Writing Lessons and Resources
This is called "Guess the Emotion"
Use Mentor Texts to reinforce Show Don't Tell
In this lesson, each student is given an “emotion stick” that contains an “emotion face” with the word that describes the emotion written below the face (nervous, excited, scared, etc.). As I read the story aloud, students hold up their stick when they hear an example of the author “showing” the emotion they have been assigned.
Suggested Mentor Texts to Use:
Book Units Teacher: http://bookunitsteacher.com/wp/?p=285
The Writing Fix: http://writingfix.com/index.htm
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/
Scholastic: scholastic.com
Learn NC: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/4028
Smart Exchange: http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html?q=show+don%27t+tell+&subject=All+subjects&grade=All+grades&region=en_US (Smart Board Lessons)
Found on Pinterest
As students enter into revising and editing their pieces they may begin to have more questions. Mini-lessons may have to be done to establish the rules and expectations of how to possibly sign up for a conference. Your conferences may begin to become more formal.
Editing Mini-lessons:

Mini-lessons can be found in the
packet provided. Ideas are from:
Inviting Students to Develop Skill
and Craft in Writer's Workshop:
Everyday Editing
Written by: Jeff Anderson
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