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Fiction Retelling Ribbons

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Please note that the cost of this hard good is for a total of 5 Retelling Ribbons. I can customize the color of ribbon. The icons are a mixture of materials - buttons, felt, foam, etc. The book icon is laminated cardstock for now (I'm searching for a book in other materials). The retelling ribbons I use in my classroom have held up very well (I always have a discussion about caring for materials before I allow students to use them). I keep my ribbons organized by hanging them on a belt hanger. Each ribbon is approximately 3 ft. long, icons are approximately 1 inch each.

Forget the worksheets and use this hands-on resource to have students summarize any fiction text! The best part perhaps, is that these ribbons can be used for ANY LEVEL of fiction text so they are appropriate for ALL learners. They are a great scaffolding activity for younger students who may be learning to write summaries because they first express their thoughts orally. They're a great break for older students too, who get bombarded with worksheets and written assignments.

I use a ribbon to model the process for the first few lessons, then allow partners to share a ribbon to take turns retelling text. I've used this after whole group lessons, after assigned reading sections in literature circles, and after small group and partner reading. Students could even use the ribbon to simply share a book with a friend or the class that they read on their own.

Each icon represents an important part of fictional text and is placed in order from top to bottom of the ribbon to guide the students through a logical retelling of the text. Touching each icon, students work their way to the end of the ribbon.

What each icon represents (I hang a ribbon along my whiteboard with the descriptions below beside each icon as a reminder for students):
Book - Title and Author
Hand - Main Character
Tree - Setting
Ball - Problem "Kick-off"
Small Heart - How main character feels at the beginning
Small Star - Major event in the beginning
Medium Star - Major event in the middle
Large Star - Major event in the end (or the climax)
Button - How does the author "close" the story?
Large Heart - How main character feels at the end
Pom Pom - Every story leaves the reader with a "warm fuzzy" - students tell what they learned (the warm fuzzy) from the story.
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