Lesson Plan

Show Me the Adjectives!

Help your students develop their creative writing skills with this lesson, which features the Adjective-Adjective-Noun strategy. Young writers will be inspired to show, not tell.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to express specific (showing) details in their writing.


(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today, they will learn how to turn their telling details into showing details. Give an example of each type of detail.
  • Ask students to define a telling detail. Ask students to define a showing detail. Define for students if they have difficulty: A telling detail is a general detail. It does not give your readers a lot of information. A showing detail is a specific detail. It gives your readers additional information and answers their questions.
  • Define additional key terms if needed.