Snap-Shot

Snap-Shot

Sensory Details Lets the reader SEE what is happening! Zoom in close to physical detail to sounds and speech

Paint a setting or description of a place Listen Paint a feeling without saying a

word Shows a characters movements and gestures Imagine: Ask

A girl with a dog yourselves: What does the girl look like? What does the dog look like? What does the setting look like? Ready?

What should I have added? Use the Five Senses Sight

Smell Touch Taste Hear Practice time! Lets take a look at #1:

The boy nervously waited for the bus. BORING! Think about the senses with the underlined verb. Can you taste, smell, or touch this? No Can you see this? YES!! Can you hear this? Possibly YES!!

See what the boy is doing: What nervous habits do people have? Pacing Looking around Fiddling with things (example: clicking a pen)

Hear the sound the boy is making: Is he pacing on pavement? Fall leaves? Is he making noise with his fiddling? So based on that, my Show, Dont Tell

sentence might be: The boy, who was repeatedly clicking the purple pen in his hand, was pacing back and forth as he looked for the bus. I replaced nervously waited with

everything that is underlined and bolded. Lets The river went over its banks. First,

try again with #2 the senses: Sight Touch Taste Hear Smell

Unless you are unlucky enough to be standing on the river bank when this happens, you can really only use sight and hear. Heres an example sentence: The river, overwhelmed with the 40 days of rain, was so flooded that it broke free of its confinement with a

thundering whoosh of water and spilled over its banks. END

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