★ Teaching students to use high-quality sensory imagery and figurative language in their creative writing is of utmost importance.
★ "Show Me" drills facilitate quick "at bats" in which students practice incorporating figurative language and sensory imagery into their creative and narrative writing.
This Resource Contains:
• 50 printable "Show Me" worksheets
• 15 landscapes
• 11 animal pictures
• 16 portraits
• 8 natural disasters
How To Use
★ Create a system in which students do 5-10 minute "Show Me" drills at the beginning of each creative writing class.
★ Encourage students to "show not tell" by describing the snapshot in front of them using all the creative tools they have at their disposal.
★ Share students' most powerful paragraphs or sentences with the class and facilitate class discussion about what makes their writing vivid and powerful.
★ Revise past "Show Me" prompts later in the year once students have developed their creative writing skills.
★ If done daily, this resource will last for 10 weeks of the school year.
★ The portrait series can be used to practice describing emotions playing across character's faces without using emotion words such as "angry," "sad," or "elated." (For example, a prompt could be "Show Me this picture. Do not use the words sad, disappointed, angry, upset, depressed, or mad in your response.")
★ The landscape series can be used to practice describing the setting of a story.
★ The natural disaster series can be used to practice person vs. nature conflicts in narrative writing and/or describing fast-paced action within a scene.
If you'd prefer to have students work in their notebooks instead of on worksheets, consider buying Visual Show Me Prompts for Creative Writing - Pictures Only instead. This resource contains the same pictures, but can be displayed on the class projector in full color, saving paper and allowing students to work directly in their notebooks.