MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

One of the first rules story writers learn is this: Show, don’t tell.

What does that mean? Check out the following examples to see what I mean.

When you write a story, try not to tell your readers what your character is feeling, like this:

Jeremy was angry.

Instead, show your character in action, like this:

Jeremy threw his bat, kicked up dust, and yelled at the umpire.

MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING PROMPT: One of the first rules storywriters learn is this: Show, don't tell. What does that mean? Read on to find out and to practice this important skill!

In the first sentence, the writer tells readers that Jeremy is angry. That’s boring, and it does not tell the readers just how angry Jeremy was or what he does when he’s angry. The second sentence fixes that. It shows Jeremy in action without even using the word “angry.”

Pay attention to yourself the next time you are angry. What do you do? How does your body feel?

When you are happy, what do you do? How does your body feel?

Study yourself and others to learn how to describe characters when they are feeling something strong. Then use those actions in your stories.

Now it’s your turn: Change these three boring sentences to show how each character is feeling. Make the characters do something that shows how they are feeling:

1. Erik was excited as he went up the stairs.
2. Melissa was happy that she won the contest.
3. Abby was afraid to go into the room.

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