Show DON’T Tell! Easier said than done! This engaging activity encourages students to use clues in their introductions to show the reader the setting of a narrative rather than just telling the setting. This is a favorite activity in my class! I use it as a center, but it can be used with the whole group as well!
Students draw a place card (some choices include their teacher’s house, prison, or the movies). Then they write an introduction for a narrative in that location. The option of drawing a time card (past, present, or future) and point of view card (first, third, and omniscient) are also included to provide differentiation opportunities.
Place cards (20 cards)
Time cards (4 cards)
Point of view cards (4 cards)
Student response sheet