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					Show Don’t Tell
There are two types of sentences, showing
 sentences and telling sentences.

Telling sentences tell your reader something you
 want them to know.

Showing sentences describe something for your
  readers instead of telling them something too
  obvious.
      Showing vs. Telling
Telling
The boy was very frightened.

Showing
The boy screeched in terror and threw his hands
up to protect himself. Even though his legs felt
like they had turned to jelly, he jumped to his
feet and tried to get out of the monster’s reach.
      Showing vs. Telling
Telling
The baby was crying really hard.

Showing
The baby let out a howl that could wake the
dead. Tears poured from her eyes and her face
turned beet red. She pounded her little fists on
the floor and threw her toys across the room. I
knew we were in for a long, long afternoon.
      Showing vs. Telling
Telling
The kids were disrespectful to the teacher.

Showing
The kids continued to whisper and pass notes
during the teachers lessons. They rudely talked
loudly even when they were asked not too.
Several students made faces to her back when she
wasn’t looking. The teacher knew this was going
to be a hard year.
                Showing vs. Telling
     Excerpt from Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo pg 8 & 9

      At first, I didn’t see a dog. There were just a lot of vegetables rolling
around on the floor, tomatoes and onions and green peppers. And there
was what seemed like a whole army of Winn-Dixie employees running
around waving their arms just the same way the store manager was
waving his.
      And then the dog came running around the corner. He was a big
dog. And ugly. And he looked like he was having a real good time. His
tongue was hanging out and he was wagging his tail. He skidded to a
stop and smiled right at me. I had never before in my life seen a dog
smile, but that is what he did. He pulled back his lips and showed me all
his teeth. Then he wagged his tail so hard that he knocked some oranges
off a display, and they went rolling everywhere, mixing in with the
tomatoes and onions and green peppers.

				
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