A poster giving the definition and examples of action, saying, thinking and relating verbs.
An action verb expresses something that a person, animal, object or force of nature can do or be, as in, “The water gurgled all the way down the sink.”
Saying verbs indicate speaking. They can provide more information as to how things are being said, as in, “I’m really sorry,” sobbed Tony.
Thinking verbs tell the reader what the characters are thinking about the events or what they were thinking at the time, as in, “I wonder what’s for lunch?” he thought.
Relating verbs tell us how the characters relate to other parts of the story, as in, “Amazing Man was here saving people.” They also describe a state, as in, “Europe is a large collection of countries.”