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Showing Vs. Telling. Showing vs. Telling. Telling is stating who is doing what. Telling doesn’t include when, where, why, or how this action happened. Telling signal words include: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been.

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Showing vs. Telling
  • Telling is stating who is doing what.
    • Telling doesn’t include when, where, why, or how this action happened.
    • Telling signal words include: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been.
  • Showing paints a picture in the mind of the reader—giving them as many details as needed.
    • Showing answers the news reporter questions--who, what, when, where, why, how.
    • Showing turns bland writing into active writing.
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Showing vs. Telling
  • Mr. Smith is celebrating.
    • Does this sentence paint a picture for the reader?
    • Does it leave questions in the reader's mind?
    • Does it answer the questions who, what, when, where, why, how?
    • How could it answer who, what, when, where, why, how and paint a picture for the reader?
narrative details
Narrative Details
  • Add narrative details to help your reader see what you are writing
    • narrative details = describe actions and events
    • helps to answer the how, what, why
descriptive details
Descriptive Details
  • Add descriptive details to help the reader see what you are writing
    • descriptive details = describes people, places, and objects
    • helps to answers the who, what, where
sensory details
Sensory Details
  • Add sensory details to help your reader see what you are writing
    • sensory details = narrative OR descriptive details that appeal to senses
    • helps reader see, feel, taste, hear, and smell what is being described
showing vs telling practice
Showing vs. Telling Practice
  • On your own paper answer the following questions:
    • Who is Mr. Smith?
    • What does he do when he celebrates?
    • When does he celebrate?
    • Where does he celebrate?
    • Why is he celebrating?
    • How is he celebrating?
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Showing vs. Telling

WHO

HOW

  • Rewrite the telling sentence, “Mr. Smith is celebrating.”
    • After 12 years of teaching chemistry, Mr. Smith lost it. He began oinking like a pig and shouting, "I love Bastille Day," as he ran through the halls of Northridge High School. It didn't matter to Mr. Smith that Bastille Day was over a month away.

WHAT

WHEN

WHY

WHERE

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Showing vs. Telling

WHO

HOW

  • "I'm going home to watch my favorite team in the NBA Finals!" Mr. Smith, my new boss, shouted, while giving me a high-five, followed by an elbow to the face. He stood over me for a few seconds and growled...

WHAT

WHEN

WHERE

WHY

resources
Resources
  • http://www.brighthub.com/members/trent.aspx
  • Mrs. Thompson’s Big Brain
  • Mrs. Arango’s Big Brain
  • Holt Elements of Language, Sixth Course