Show Don't Tell Writing Activities

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6th - 9th
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Are your students struggling to use concrete vs. abstract nouns, verbs, and adjectives to "show don't tell" in their writing? This fun digital activity helps students recognize sensory details needed for descriptive and narrative writing. Using concrete vs. abstract language is a basic writing skill needed for building beautiful imagery, adding in figurative language, and writing in a sophisticated way.


Here’s what you’ll receive in this digital and print resource:

  • Concrete Details Sort (1 Page, 1 Slide) so that students can learn to recognize the difference between concrete and general/abstract details.
  • Identifying Concrete Details in a podcast episode and in any text (2 Pages, 2 Slides) so that students can gather examples of concrete details in published writing.
  • Brainstorming Concrete Details Worksheet (1 Page, 1 Slide) so that students are able to apply to their next writing assignment.
  • Product Link and Teacher Notes (1 Page) so that you have instructions and tips for using this assignment with students at your fingertips.
  • Digital “Getting Started” Guide (2 Pages) so that you’re able to swiftly make your own copy of this digital product and share it with your students.
  • Digital “FAQ” Guide (2 Pages) provides detailed answers to common digital resource questions!


Benefits of digital interactive resources include:

★ High engagement = happy students and happy teacher

★ Student-friendly 1:1 environment

★ Development of college and career readiness skills

★ Fluid integration of ELA skills

★ Productive use of class time that is maximized for student learning

This resource is helpful for:

★ Teachers new to a digital learning environment or looking to upgrade from typical pen and paper activities.

★ Teachers who are looking to save time with ready-made resources.

★ Teachers who are looking for meaningful writing and style resources.



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13 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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