We have been working on improving our writing by trying to show with our words instead of just telling, sooooo...
I decided to try out this activity.
I chose some common feelings and emotions and we talked about what someone
did or said, or how a person would act if they were feeling that way.
We completed this brainstorm chart together.
(Sorry the pic is blurry.)
Then I gave each group a chart to complete themselves.
Each person had to use a different color pencil or marker so that I could see that everyone was participating.
Here's what they came up with. (Sorry they are hard to read.)
Their challenge during reading workshop was then to find examples of showing, not telling while they were reading. They kind of missed the boat on that one, so the next day I had some passages marked and read them aloud as examples. (Those are the post-it notes on the posters.)
They are beginning to get more descriptive in their writing.
I found this FABULOUS book full of great examples of showing!
It is awesome I tell you!
It's out of print, but I was able to snag a used copy.
Check your library and beg, borrow (or steal :( ) a copy!