Lesson Plan

Showing vs. Telling

Help students bring there writing to life

Students will be able to show their audience what is going on in a story by using descriptive language. 

Students will be able to determine when an author is showing or telling in their writing.

English Language Arts
Grades 1 – 3
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Tell About This
Free to try, Paid

Have students play with the app "Tell-about-this" 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Show different paragraphs and determine as a class where the author is showing and telling.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

Have students get into groups. Each group must find two sentences that show and two sentences that tell. Then rewrite the sentence to do the opposite. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Other — Writing

Each student writes two paragraphs showing what they did over the weekend. 

5 Wrap-up

Have students use the story app to listen to one story. Write down five sentences that show instead of tell.