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Retelling a story can get monotonous and boring! Why not change that?
Instead of asking your students to retell a story, include the beginning, middle, end, blah, blah, blah...have them create a comic!
I ask my students to plan a comic with 6 panels. They must think of only the most important events from the story from each panel. They use this organizer to plan what happens in each panel; describe the characters, the setting the action, create a caption.
Once students complete this sheet, they are given a paper folded into 6 panels and use this organizer to create their very own comic. The engagement is there and you get in the following standards:
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Although this was designed for my third grade class, it could be used for any grade with a recount and character standard.