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Developing Characters Poster Pack – Show, Don’t Tell Feelings

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16 pages (PDF)|Suitable for Grades: F - 7

A set of 16 posters about developing and describing characters when writing stories.

Don’t tell feeling, show feeling to add detail and capture attention when writing your stories. This poster pack includes examples of common emotional states:

  • happy
  • sad
  • afraid
  • cold
  • shy
  • hot
  • excited
  • sick
  • having fun
  • nervous
  • angry
  • worried
  • frustrated
  • hungry
  • tired
  • surprised

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  • Helen Salthouse

    Great idea! Might also be good to have some ‘blanks’ – I often use a ‘gingerbread man’ outline for children to fill in with adjectives describing a character.

    Comment by Helen Salthouse on August 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm


    • Hi Helen – great suggestion! We’ve just added some blank templates here: https://www.teachstarter.com/teaching-resource/show-dont-tell-feelings-synonyms-poster-activity-pack/

      Comment by Teach Starter on August 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm


  • Helen Salthouse

    Excellent, thanks – just returned to this topic and I’ll be using the templates 😀

    Comment by Helen Salthouse on April 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm


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