Show Don't Tell Charts and Posters | Descriptive Writing | Show Not Tell

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30 descriptive writing anchor charts to help students show more expressive language in their narrative and expository writing during writer's workshop. This product includes large and mini anchor charts that provide examples to actually SHOW 30 common emotions and feelings in a printable and digital format! Each chart states a commonly used emotion or feeling and gives 8 ways to "show" it in writing. These will encourage students to "show not tell".

There are a variety of ways to use these:

  • add them to your word wall
  • create a classroom reference book
  • make sets of portable resource rings
  • add the mini charts to student interactive notebooks
  • use this resource digitally for distance learning or for at-home learning support

**Update** 2 Digital Options are now included. There is no price increase - this is a free update. :)

Emotions/Feelings include:

afraid, happy, sad, angry, excited, shocked, embarrassed, nervous, hot, cold, shy, tired, worried, sick, proud, and frustrated, bored, interested, confused, disappointed, playful, brave, strong, weak, lonely, hungry, sleepy, thirsty, full and lucky

These charts come small enough to fit into student notebooks for easy reference. They save space taking up minimal pages in the writing journal if all 30 are used! They also come in the standard paper size to hang onto your wall or to make a classroom reference book! Blank charts are included to create additional emotions or student-made examples! This product includes a full-page for students to write descriptive emotions/feelings found within mentor texts- fits perfectly into journals!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.


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