Sometimes students find it difficult to understand the importance of using indirect characterisation in their writing. Being able to 'show' (indirect) rather than tell (direct) is a valuable writing skill, and is especially effective in texts such as narratives.
This product is four pages. The first two pages play out like a conversation between two people, reflecting a conversation I had with my students as I was explaining how we can take sentences that 'tell' (direct characterisation) and turn them into sentences that 'show' (indirect characterisation), in order to make our writing more interesting and engaging for an audience.
The first two pages provide an example of 'telling' and breaks down sensory features that could be imagined in the scenario given. A variety of sentences then follow, showing different ways that 'showing' can take place. Later, two paragraphs are provided to show how all of the 'showing' sentences can be put together to create paragraphs that would belong in a narrative, introducing us to a character through describing actions and characteristics.
At the end of p. 2, students have four questions to respond to that ask them to compare and contrast differences between the examples of characterisation ('showing' and 'telling').
The last two pages are example sentences of 'telling', and students are provided with spaces to write their own 'showing' sentences.