To use this worksheet, introduce what “show don’t tell” means. We want the reader to feel like they can “see” the characters. To do this, good writers include concrete nouns like Target® instead of store and accurate verbs like trudged instead of went. In turn, a writer can make a boring (zzzz) sentence into one the readers can “see”.
I went to the store. (zzzz)
I trudged through the snow to Target®.
Post an anchor chart or visual example for your students as they learn this writing skill.
Next, use the attached worksheet. Provide students with a copy of the “description of…” page. Together, make a list of what an angry person “looks” like – not synonyms. Encourage students to begin with a verb (an “-ed or –ing” word as I remind them). Maybe you or a few kids act out this “angry” person. After you make your list, have students attempt to write a short paragraph using the lines provided. Instruct them to use as many of the phrases you brainstormed as possible to “show” the reader this angry person. There is an example attached (cheat sheet *wink wink*) for the teacher to use while soliciting student responses.