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ERIC Number: EJ1145968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Fun While Showing, Not Telling: Crafting Vivid Detail in Writing
Del Nero, Jennifer Renner
Reading Teacher, v71 n1 p83-87 Jul-Aug 2017
This teaching tip highlights three writing minilessons that help students construct vivid sensory detail (textual detail related to the five senses) in their fiction and creative nonfiction writing. Learning to show, not tell, is a difficult task for novice writers. The author explores reasons why this is the case and provides directions for the implementation of three student-centered writing minilessons. Lesson topics covered are analyzing song lyrics containing vivid detail, using a graphic organizer to help authors zero in on key moments, and a kinesthetic activity designed to help students devise similes and metaphors. These lessons are appropriate for middle and upper elementary students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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