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Don't Tell. Show! {A Revising Mini-Unit for Writing}

Don't Tell. Show! {A Revising Mini-Unit for Writing}
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I always found it challenging to concretely teach my students what it meant to "show, don't tell". This unit will turn your students into directors and will explicitly teach "cutting" a telling sentence from their written piece and replacing with an action-filled showing sentences or group of sentences.

I use a movie clapper board prop in class (link in the intro page) like the directors use in movies to raise the interest and excitement level more :)

This packet includes:

- an Anchor Chart
- two planning pages- one with a chance for them to brainstorm replacement "show" ideas and one for them to write the "show" sentences
- a sorting sheet and examples for students to cut and paste what is a "tell" sentence and what is a "show" sentence(s), plus the opportunity for them to write their own-- great as a formative assessment tool
- an instruction page for the teacher
- two publishing sheets
- student rubric (smiley faces)-- I shrink these down to 1/2 page, but the full page is provided

This will help kick your students' writing up a notch and allow for some fun revising work for any piece that needs more description and detail!

This packet aligns with the following 3rd Grade Common Core State Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3b Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.

Be sure to check out my blog: 3rd Grade Thoughts.

Thanks and enjoy!
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