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Show, Don’t Tell Writing Posters - KS2 Classroom Displays

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This classroom display pack contains six posters illustrating different ways a writer can show a character’s feelings instead of directly telling the reader.

Each poster uses an engaging image, accompanied by text boxes or word balloons which include example sentences to illustrate how that feeling can be described rather than simply stating how they feel. These can be used as a teaching tool within lessons or as a classroom display for pupils to refer to when writing independently.

Blank templates enable you to use the children’s own ideas and add to the existing examples to create a working wall. Pupil worksheets are also included for pupils to complete independently.

How can feelings be shown rather than told?

How a character feels can be shown through their actions or dialogue, encouraging readers to infer their feelings.

Feelings covered in the classroom display pack are:

  • Angry
  • Sad
  • Scared
  • Worried
  • Shy
  • Happy
  • Excited

What is included in this classroom display pack?

  • 7 A4 posters with example sentences
  • 7 A4 blank posters for pupils to add their own examples on your English working wall
  • Blank speech bubbles for pupils to add to the classroom display
  • Pupils worksheets
  • Teacher notes

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National Curriculum English programme of study links

Years 3 / 4 Writing - composition

Pupils should be taught to :

  • draft and write by, in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
  • evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements

Years 5 / 6 Writing - composition

Pupils should be taught to :

  • draft and write by, in narratives, describing settings, characters, and atmosphere ...
  • evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing

  • Completed posters
  • Posters with images only
  • Blank speech bubbles
  • Pupil worksheets
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