Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to pop in quickly to talk about my newest product. This packet is designed to help my little readers with a very important reading strategy. The first grade team just finished our midyear DRA testing and my little ones are still struggling with retelling. I wanted to help them not only understand what makes a good story retell but help them to remember the parts quickly and in a catchy way. After one of my trainings with my TCRWP staff developers, this idea was formed. Retell with this catchy tune: tell the gist, the list, the twist, the end! My newest packet of activities will take this idea to the next level.
Then, have students list the order of events in the story. Make sure they use time order words, first, next, then, and last.
Before your readers share the ending to the story, have them tell if anything changed from the beginning. This can also be where students discuss how characters changed from the beginning to the end or where something unexpected happened.
Finally, have students share the ending of the story! You will be pleasantly surprised when the students have retold a story with no trouble at all! Display these posters by your guided reading table or mini lesson area to continue to refer to while students are reading!