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Show, Don't Tell

Age Group

7 - 10 years


8 minutes

Show, Don't Tell


Barbara Renner

Barbara Renner is a retired teacher who believes reading enhances an understanding of the world around us. As a classroom presenter, she reads her books and facilitates lessons to children of all ages. She and her husband have lived in Arizona for over 40 years and enjoy watching the quail scurry around their neighborhood. To learn more about Barbara or to purchase one of her books you can visit her website at

About this lesson

Show, don't tell is a writing technique used to make a story interesting. Using a video of quail drinking water by photographer Maggie Lineberry and her own children's picture book as reference, author Barbara Renner explains the process. Follow along to learn how to write your own story about the quail in the video and email it to Barbara. In return she'll read your story on her YouTube channel and send you a coloring page from one of her Quincy the Quail picture books. Click on these each of the links to print the two worksheets: and

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