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Show, Don't Tell!!!

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Kittie Brown

on 7 November 2013

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Transcript of Show, Don't Tell!!!

Show, Don't Tell!!!
Say What?
Show
the details of your story, instead of
telling
them
Show
Tell
I watched the ocean waves.
How do I do that?
Use details in your story that help the reader see your story
I stood mesmerized as the white caps of the ocean waves dug into the sand.
Show
Tell
Christy was mad at her brother.
Christy shrieked, pulled at her hair, and slammed the door, leaving her brother alone in the room.
I love pizza!
As I took my first bite of the hot slice, piled high with cheese and pepperoni, I knew I had found a small slice of heaven.
How to SHOW...
1. Provide vivid action details

Tells
:
Our paintball match began with intensity.


2. Use dialogue and mannerisms

Tells
:
My mother was started to get annoyed.


3. Give examples

Tells
:

My grandfather is so youthful.




4. Provide sensory details

Tells
:
It was a really cold morning.




5. Use figurative language
(similes, metaphors, or personification)

Tells
:
I was terrified by the strange sound.



Let's Practice:

Log into Edmodo and open the "Show, Don't Tell" assignment.
Let's Review
Provide Action Details
Use Dialogue and Characteristics
Give Examples
Provide Sensory Details
Use Figurative Language
Shows
:
With the scream of a whistle, I dove to the muddy ground and slid into a tree to avoid getting annihilated by the popping of the green and orange blobs of paint.


Shows
:
My grandfather drives around in his sports car and goes to concerts.
Shows
:
I could see my breath in front of me and my ears were numb as I maneuvered my way around the icy patches on the sidewalk.
Shows
:
My heart was beating like a jackhammer and my feet were cement blocks as I set out to investigate the strange sound coming from the basement.

Shows
:
My mother demanded through clenched teeth, “Stop asking for a new phone!”
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