Rewrite Each Situation

Show Don't Tell #7

Worksheet Description

The “Show Don’t Tell” worksheet is designed to help students practice the art of descriptive writing by rewriting sentences to convey situations through vivid details rather than straightforward statements. The worksheet lists three scenarios that students are likely familiar with: feeling slow after a poor night’s sleep, being angry with parental restrictions, and the anxiety of depending on a scholarship for education. For each scenario, there are lines provided for students to rewrite the given information in a way that ‘shows’ the reader what is happening, encouraging them to use expressive language and sensory details.

The worksheet is teaching students the narrative technique of showing rather than telling to engage readers more deeply. It aims to foster the ability to create vivid images in the reader’s mind and evoke emotions through detailed descriptions and character actions. The exercise challenges students to think beyond basic statements and explore the subtleties of human experience. Additionally, this task encourages the development of empathy by asking students to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and communicate those feelings effectively.