Showing A Character’s Trait

🔓 This is an unlocked sample! Byrdseed.TV is open for new memberships through January 27th, 2023. Join today!
 
 

Objective

To practice the common writing advice of "show, not tell," students will write two examples of a scene: one showing a character's trait, and one just telling. They'll put a famous character into a mundane situation and develop their scene.

Steps

  1. Students pick a well-known character and put them into an everyday situation: a miniature golf course, a trip to the library, a meal at the diner, etc.
  2. They identify the character's main trait and come up with an event that will highlight that trait.
  3. They brainstorm ten specific ways that the character will show that trait (words they'll say, noises they'll make, actions they'll take, how they'll look, etc).
  4. Finally, they write up the situation - using their ten ideas to show the character's main trait.
  5. They'll also write a non-example in which they only tell the trait. No showing allowed!

Resources

The registration window closes on January 27th, 2023

Send me some samples!

Or are you already ready to sign up?

Teachers love Byrdseed.TV!

"I love Byrdseed.TV. It is a lifesaver"  ~  Lori in Washington

"Byrdseed.TV has always been amazing but during the last year, you have been elevated to SUPERAMAZINGFANTASTIC status. You have saved my students from super boring lessons."  ~  Heidi in California

"I LOVE these videos. It's like having two teachers in my classroom."  ~  Kristi in Ohio