“Show don’t tell” is a technique that writers use to keep readers reading. It is a way of writing that pulls readers in, allowing them to actively experience the story as it unfolds. Two slideshows are included on this page. The “Show Don’t Tell” slideshow introduces the writing technique of “Show Don’t Tell” to students, demonstrating through multiple novel excerpts how the technique engages readers. The “Let’s Write! Show Don’t Tell” slideshow includes two writing exercises that encourage kids to employ “show don’t tell” techniques when writing about sports events and the “hidden dramas” in their lives—indoor and outdoor challenges of home chores, sports, arts competitions, nature explorations, and more.

Teacher Tips! Please preview the slideshows and educator guides before sharing with your students so you can determine which activities and exercises will best meet the needs of your class. We also recommend that you present and discuss the following slideshows to your students before presenting “Show Don’t Tell:”


RESOURCES: Educator Guide | Handouts | Bibliography


RESOURCES: Educator Guide | Handouts | Bibliography

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