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Most students struggle with how to 'Show and Not Tell' when writing. This 3-part lesson aims to help students break that habit by giving them a new way to think about what it means to 'Show and Not Tell' and then providing them a chance to practice.
This lesson is broken up into 3 parts:
Part 1:In the first part of the lesson, students practice the skill of noticing details that bring a story to life. You will need a movie clip (or use the clip from Finding Nemo included in this lesson plan.) Students use a graphic organizer to help record details that are important when 'showing and not telling'.
Part 2:In this part of the lesson, students fill out the same graphic organizer used in part 1 to organize details for their own stories. Students then rehearse a scene for one of their stories (or to draft a new scene) with a partner to prepare for drafting. To rehearse, students will practice the strategy of storytelling.
In this part of the lesson, students take all they have practiced and rehearsed about ‘showing and not telling’ and revise (or draft) a scene based on what they just rehearsed. After they draft the scene, they will work with a NEW partner and trade papers. The new partner will ‘act’ out the scene using the dialogue, actions, emotions described. This will give students an opportunity to see if they are descriptive enough or if more detail needs to be added.
** A PowerPoint presentation is included to support this lesson plan.