As a practicing teacher of 27+ years, I love having my students retell a story or tale they just learned but I want them to remember the story so I ask them to retell/paraphrase it in their own words.
I have done this project for years but recently I came across Caitlin's, The Room Mom, form that she uses for her own paraphrasing activity. I took it and modified it to "reinvent" my own storytelling activity and it works very well. Thanks Caitlin.
Getting my students to retell a Tale in history at least has helped them remember 'parts' of history. I wish I could get them to remember everything as easy.
Just simply type an original SHORT tale in box one then have your students retell the tale in box two "in their own words". Then have tem fold down a tab from the top and 'retell' the tale again based on what they just told. This makes students retell the tale in new words, new ways, and it reinforces the story you want them to know.
It also builds a much stronger memory of the event or tale they are working with. It is a version of the old 'telephone game'. You can even do it the way I have done in the past, fold over the top and have students pass the sheet to another student and let them "ReTell the Tale".