1. Writing Prompt: Pick one of the following scenarios and describe the setting and what is happening in as much sensory detail as possible:
- a teen being stood up by their Prom date
- a driver in the moments before a car crash
- someone about to sky dive out of an airplane
- a parent meeting their adoptive child for the first time
- a job applicant during a very stressful job interview
2. Read the section titled "Anticipation" from Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus (To view this section, click on the cover of the book on Amazon and flip to the page with the section titled "Anticipation." Read until page 6.)
- While reading, take notes on the following:
- Note any passages or details that stand out to you
- What time period do you think this is set in?
- Find one example of description for each of the five senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste)
- What is your favorite detail? Why?
3. What does this excerpt teach you about writing setting and description?
4. What is the difference between showing and telling? Read this article and write down your own definitions of showing, telling, and when it is necessary.
- Where in "Anticipation" does Morgenstern show, where does she tell?
5. Rewrite the following sentences to SHOW rather than TELL:
- He was scared.
- She was angry.
- They were surprised.
- He was in love.
6. Listen to this episode of Writing Excuses on Showing and Telling. Take notes on everything that stands out to you about showing, telling, and how to balance the two.
7. Exit Ticket: When is it important to show rather than tell and when should you tell rather than show?
- Writing Prompt
- Notes on "Anticipation"
- Show and Tell Notes
- Rewrite to show
- Writing Excuses Notes
- Exit Ticket