Retelling Stories

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Our Story Retelling lesson plan teaches students strategies for effective story retelling. Students practice retelling stories both orally and in writing. They will use the five W questions (and how) to relate information.

There are suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page for additional activities or ideas. One idea is to tell a story to the class, something that happened to you. When you are finished, ask students to name the characters, describe the setting, and briefly explain the story overall. Then, ask a student to retell the story.

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What our Retelling Stories lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Retelling Stories helps teaches students how to relate the details of a story to another individual. Students will listen to or read simple stories and then retell them. They will ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions to demonstrate their understanding of key details in a text. This lesson is for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.

Options for Lesson

You can take advantage of the suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section that offers additional activities or ideas to incorporate into the lesson plan. The perfect option to start this lesson is for you to tell a story to the class, something that happened to you. When you are finished, ask students to name the characters and setting and briefly explain the story. Then, ask a student to retell the story. Another option is to play the telephone game. Tell one student a short story. Then, have the student whisper the story to another student. You do this until all of your students have had the story whispered to them. The last student tries to retell the story to the class! Hearing how the story changes from you to the final student will be amazing.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page provides an extra paragraph of information to help guide the lesson and remind you what to focus on. The blank lines on this page are available for you to write out thoughts and ideas you have as you prepare the lesson.

RETELLING STORIES LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES

The Retelling Stories lesson plan has three interactive content pages. Students will participate with the lesson as they go through the content. First they will read a short story and then answer questions about it without looking at the story. After they learn about the five W questions, they will do the same exercise with another short paragraph.

RETELLING STORIES LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS

The Retelling Stories lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will reinforce students’ comprehension of lesson material in different ways and help them demonstrate when they learned. Use the guidelines on the classroom procedure page to determine when to distribute each worksheet to the class.

CAT AND DOG ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

For the activity, students will look at a picture at the top of the page. Then they will come up with a story for the picture. Finally, they will answer questions according to what they decide the story is. When they finish, have the students tell their stories to a friend or to you.

SKATEBOARD SAM PRACTICE WORKSHEET

The practice worksheet requires students to read through a paragraph and fill in the blanks with the detail (five Ws or H) the previous word or phrase is referring to. For instance, Sam is a character, so students should write “who” in the blank next to his name. After the complete the fill-in-the-blank section, they will complete the story and retell it to a friend.

RETELLING STORIES HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Students will choose a short story or book, read it, and retell it to a friend or parent. They will write the title and author on the top of the page and then fill out the 5Ws and H chart regarding the details of the book they chose.

Worksheet Answer Keys

There are answer keys for both the practice and homework worksheets. Given the nature of these assignments, most of the answers will vary. However, students’ responses should match for the top section of the practice worksheet. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information

grade-level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade

subject

Reading

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2, LB.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3, LB.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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03/29/2020
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The lesson covered our objectives and it was well lined out from step to step. . .Thank you for sharing an awesome lesson!