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Retelling: An evidence-based literacy strategy

1st grade retelling worksheet

By Shannon Kelley, MAT

1st grade retelling worksheet

What you’ll learn

Watch: see retelling in action, download: printable graphic organizer for retelling, read: how to teach retelling, understand: why this strategy works, connect: link school to home, research behind this strategy.

Retelling is a short, consistent routine students can use to recall, order, and summarize a text. With this retelling routine, students practice important comprehension skills, including:

You can use this retelling routine to help students retell both nonfiction and fiction texts. You can also use this retelling routine to monitor comprehension. 

Watch this video from EL Education to see how a first-grade teacher uses retelling with a nonfiction text.

Retelling Graphic Organizer PDF

Objective:  Students will identify, organize, and retell key details of a text to show their understanding. 

Grade levels (with standards): 

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How to prepare:

Choose a fiction or nonfiction text (or allow students to choose from a few options). The text should take no more than three to five minutes to read aloud. Make sure to choose a reading level where students can decode the words and read the text fluently. You can also provide an audio version of the text. For English language learners (ELLs), it's helpful to provide the text in a student’s home language, if available. 

Pre-read the text and identify the key details. Before the lesson, take a few minutes to read the text to help you choose which retelling activities to use for this particular text. Pre-reading can also help you figure out what background knowledge students need. As you pre-read, focus on the following: 

Consider your students’ needs. Use recent data from formative and summative assessments, like the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), to assess each student’s current retelling skills. This information can help you decide how to best support all your students. See the table below for options for providing differentiated levels of support.

How to teach: 

1. Explicitly model the retelling routine. You can model the routine using a very short text or the first section of a text. 

2. Explain what you expect students to do. You might say, “Today we are going to read a story two times. After we finish the first time, you’re going to tell me about it. Then, we’ll read the story again. When I finish the second time, you’ll do another activity to retell the story.” Pause to check that students understand the activity. Ask, “What are we going to do today?” You can display a list on chart paper as a visual reminder of the steps in the routine.

3. Preview the text. Start by looking at the title and any subtitles or pictures with the students. Talk about whether the text is fiction or nonfiction. Then, activate prior knowledge by having students turn and talk with a partner to answer questions like, “What do you know about this topic?” or “What do the pictures make you think of?”

4. Read or listen to the text. In some cases, you may want students to read. In other cases, you may wish to read the text aloud or give students the option to listen to an audio version. For instance, if students struggle with working memory or attention, you may opt to give them an audio version so they can pause and rewind as needed.

5. Ask students to do an initial retelling. Students can show their understanding by retelling verbally, in writing, or drawing. Don’t use any supports at this point. You want to gauge their initial understanding of the text and find the “gaps” (if any) in their comprehension.

For ELLs: Invite ELLs to retell the text initially in their home language. If you have more than one student who speaks the same home language, put them in a group to talk about the text and then share a summary in English. 

6. Reread the text. Students can read it, you can read it, or use the audio version.

7. Ask students to do one of the following retelling activities with support:

8. Provide differentiated levels of support. Use this table for options to support your students during retelling activities:

Retelling is a complex skill. It takes knowledge of text structure, understanding of vocabulary, and the ability to recall and summarize. It’s a valuable skill, too. Research has found that retelling promotes comprehension and vocabulary development. 

For students who struggle with memory, attention, or language processing, a predictable retelling routine — with support — helps them internalize the skill. Because students know what to expect, they’re more likely to check their understanding while they read or listen. 

When students follow the retelling routine, they engage with the text more than once. That’s particularly helpful for students who struggle with working memory or language processing. When they read the text the first time, they can read for a general understanding. Their first retelling can help you find any gaps in their understanding and be ready to ask specific questions. When students read the text for a second time with support, they can focus more on the details — making them more likely to experience success.

For all students — and particularly for ELLs — previewing the text and reading multiple times gives them many chances to interact with new vocabulary and text structures. Pictures (including images from the text), props, or word banks all give students vocabulary practice in different formats. Also, when students retell, they have to use words they read or heard in the text. This means more chances for oral and written language development, as well as practice building comprehension skills.

In an upcoming email or newsletter to families, tell them how they can practice retelling at home. Or you might model the activity at a family event so they can see it in action. You can use language like this:

In class, we are practicing how to retell what we’ve read. That means we read a short text (fiction or nonfiction). Then, students say in their own words what they have read. Being able to retell is an important reading skill.

You can practice retelling at home with any book (or even just a few pages of a book) you read with your child. You can do this in as little as 15 minutes in one sitting. Here are the five easy steps:

If you have a chance to practice this week, write back and let me know how it went. If your child has trouble with retelling, I can give you some other ideas to practice. Together we can help your child become a better reader.

“Children’s story retelling as a literacy and language enhancement strategy,” from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

“The power of story retelling,” from The Tutor

“The effects of storytelling and story reading on the oral language complexity and story comprehension of young children,” from Early Childhood Education Journal

“Comparison of the effectiveness and efficiency of oral and written retellings and passage review as strategies for comprehending text,” from  Psychology in the Schools

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