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Show not Tell

Show not Tell

To help us improve our writing, we have been experimenting with the 'show not tell' technique. The idea is that it is more effective to show how a character acts, rather than simply stating he is sad, angry, happy or excited.


As a class, we discussed different emotions that a character may feel, focussing specifically on emotions a character may feel in a tense situation. The class split into groups and each group was responsible for an emotion. First, we had to think of an action to demonstrate the emotion. After that, we had to write a phrase to describe the action. Finally, we filmed each member of the group acting out their action.


All of our videos were then mixed into a thinglink image to make an interactive digital poster. Here is what we produced: