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Games for Teaching Students to "Show, Don't Tell" in Their Writing

By Beth Newingham on January 30, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

Teaching students to "show, don't tell" can significantly improve student writing. Try the "Show, Don't Tell" SMART board lesson or the following lesson to reinforce the concept.

This SMART Board lesson is called “Guess the Emotion.” During the teaching part of the lesson I read the showing paragraphs, and students must determine what emotion I am “showing.”

Each student is then given an emotion card and is asked to write a paragraph that shows the emotion without using the actual word. (As part of this active engagement part of the lesson, students could share their paragraphs with their writing partners.) Students then head back to their seats and attempt to incorporate this skill into their own writing.

Download the SMART Board file for "Guess the Emotion."

If you do not have a SMART Board in your classroom, you can download worksheets that relate to the lesson described above.

You can also use this Show, Don’t Tell card game to help your students practice this concept.


Comments (4)

You have to be logged into Smart Exchange to download it. Then if you don't have a smartboard you can print. Thanks so much! I can't wait to use it!

I can't download the worksheets-nothing shows when I click on the link

Looks great, except I can't download the worksheets. Is anyone else having this problem?

Hi, responding to the two anonymous commenters above: When I click on the worksheet link I get a gray screen and a message that says, "This plugin is vulnerable and should be updated. Check for updates. Click here to activate the Adobe Acrobat plugin." But I always get that message when I click on any PDF link. I just then click on the "Click here" part of the message and that opens the link -- in this case the worksheet pdfs.

I hope this helps.

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