FREEBIE Retelling Cube for Stories

FREEBIE Retelling Cube for Stories
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The purpose of this activity is for the ELL and/or special needs students to retell the central elements of a story (story structure). Glue the cube options as shown in the activity sheet in a cube. Before asking students to work on the activity, model using the picture-cued prompts to use the six question cards to guide a narrative summary:

- Who is the main character?
- Where does the story take place?
- What does the character want? What is his or her goal?
- What is the problem?
- What is the solution?
- How does the story end?

Students use the prompt cards to retell story, either orally, in written form, or both. Students turn the cube or use the set of cards to select the number of prompts you have specified for this activity. To support emergent learners, you may require only an oral reading. If students are writing, you may want them to write their answers to the questions in list form. Later, you may be able to model how to pull the answers together in a two- or three- sentence summary. Students can use the prompt cards with a partner, each orally retelling their own story or one they both read before writing a retelling. Each student will take turns to question one another, so that together they use all of the prompts. This is a modified menu from Laurie Westphal's awesome "Differentiating Instruction with Menus for the Inclusive Classroom - Lang. Arts" book!

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