Writing Task Cards for Show Don't Tell, Sentence Combining, Word Choice

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Supercharge personal narrative and descriptive writing assignments with writing task cards for show don't tell, cliché elimination, and sentence combining. Increase writing fluency and sentence complexity, imagery and description, and use of concrete, specific details. These task cards work great as a station activity, formative assessment, or a ticket out-the-door. Gamify this writing activity by having students roll a die to choose one of the listed writing and revision strategies!


Here’s what you’ll receive in this resource:

Show Don't Tell Task Cards (5 Pages, 20 Cards)

Cliché Elimination Task Cards (5 Pages, 20 Cards)

Sentence Combining Task Cards (5 Pages, 20 Cards)

Task Card Recording Sheet (1 Page)

Teacher Overview (1 Page)

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

★ Teachers who need skill-based writing resources.

★ Teachers who need a station activity or a great resource for differentiation and enrichment during a creative writing, personal narrative, or descriptive writing unit.


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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, 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.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


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