Here are a few things we did this week to help us with show, not tell!
I explained what show, not tell means by reading some examples from some familiar books we have used this year. A few great books we looked at were-
How Many Days To America?
by-Eve Buntingand her face twisted the way it did when she closed the door of our home for the last time.
by- Julie Brinkloe
Baseball Saved Us
by- Ken Mochizuki
Great example: Teddy got up, kicked the crate he was sitting on, and walked away.
There were a lot of other examples in these books as well as others, but we really focused on these examples.
After trying show, not tell for a couple days, they were still struggling with it a little bit. I was searching for ideas on how to help them and came across an anchor chart on Pinterest. Here is my example-
We acted out some of these and discussed how we could add them to our writing. They wanted their own copy to refer to, so I made a little 1/2 sheet for them to add to their writer's notebooks. (The class was so excited about this!)
To reinforce show, not tell and practice it together a little bit more, we used this flipchart:
(a few pages of the flipchart are shown below)
I was so excited to see that they were understanding show, not tell and using it in their writing. I was so moved by one student's writing, that I asked him if I could share it.
This is a little sample:
One day, when I was in kindergarten, I went to school. My dog was really sick. When I got home, a pile of dirt was in my backyard. I told my mom. My mom said our dog died. I thought she was kidding. But she was not. I laughed a little bit and then I looked at the dirt. Then, I believed my mom and tears came out of my eyes.
WOW! I thought that was an amazing first attempt at using show, not tell! I was so proud, and so was the rest of the class when I read it. They were silent...totally into the story. It made a big impression on them and they couldn't wait to get started on their own stories!