Show, Don't Tell Sentences

The written word has a magical way of evoking the most descriptive images in one's mind. Encourage scholars to write descriptively with a worksheet that challenges young writers to show, not tell, what traits make up a character. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the worksheet as a character analysis in a story; allow pupils to choose a character from their independent reading book
  • Direct class members to develop their written story's main character using the page as a prewriting activity 
  • When learners finish writing descriptions, instruct them to add a visual representation using the stick figure
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies—one for every individual assigned the worksheet 

  • Provides adequate space for learners to write directly on the page 
  • A fun font adds a touch of whimsy to the assignment 

  • The stick figure's lines appear disjointed