Show, Not Tell

Facts can be boring! In this BrainPOP movie, you’ll learn how to make your writing exciting as Tim and Moby help you figure out the difference between showing and telling. Find out how to use descriptive words and phrases to convey sensory experiences. You’ll also discover how to give your readers a sense of place as you learn to use active words to describe settings, moods, and feelings. You’ll even find out how you can use words to describe a state of mind. Remember - great writers are made, not born!

Poetic Imagery Lesson Plan: Writing a Poem About the Five Senses

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-8, students use BrainPOP resources and devices of poetic imagery to learn how to use appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate information to different audiences for different purposes. Students will explore the importance of providing sufficient details and appropriate depth of elaboration for clear understanding. They will then use poetic devices (such as imagery, rhyme, simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, and onomatopoeia) to create a poem about the five senses. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Descriptive Writing Lesson Plan: Why Showing is Better than Telling

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the difference between writing that "shows" and writing that "tells" and articulate an author's purpose for choosing to "show." Students will also analyze descriptive language and sensory detail for implied messages regarding mood and/or theme. They will then apply the show-not-tell writing technique to their own creative writing in order to achieve a clear goal. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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