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Retelling a Story Workbook

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    Updated:  26 Sep 2023

Help your students retain the elements of a retell with this printable retelling stories student workbook.

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    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Non-Editable:  PDF

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    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  K - 1

teaching resource

Retelling a Story Workbook

  • Updated

    Updated:  26 Sep 2023

Help your students retain the elements of a retell with this printable retelling stories student workbook.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  K - 1

Help your students retain the elements of a retell with this printable retelling stories student workbook.

Printable Retelling Stories Student Workbook

A teacher has created this printable mini-book to allow students to show what they know about the different elements of retelling a story. This is the perfect resource to use at a checkpoint throughout your retelling stories unit of work to gather information about what your students may need extra assistance with. The activity book includes the following activities:

  1. Identifying the different elements of a good retell. 
  2. Illustrate and describe the characters in a story. 
  3. Illustrate and respond to the following questions: Where did the story occur? When did the story take place?
  4. Illustrate and describe the beginning and circle words to use to describe the beginning.
  5. Illustrate and describe the middle of the story.
  6. Retell the end of the story and describe how the problem was solved and how the characters were different at the end.
  7. A self-rating page where students rate themselves and how they think they are progressing with their retelling skills.

What Are Good Children’s Books for Retelling?

Here is a suggested list of simple children’s books that are often used when learning the characteristics of retelling:

  • “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes
  • “Duck for President” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  • “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andrease
  • “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson

Teaching Retell Enhances Comprehension

Teaching your students how to retell a story successfully requires your students to engage with the material actively. By retelling a story or text, they must understand the content well enough to accurately extract and convey its key points. This only deepens their comprehension skills.

Retelling a story can also develop your students’ vocabulary and language skills as they are encouraged to use their words to convey information.

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter collaborator.


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