When I was teaching my students important components to doing a retell, I created this chart to help guide their writing. This tool has some guiding questions that students will use as they are writing their retell from what they read. Listed along the left are six questions or reminders of important pieces that they should include in their writing. Along the bottom are two important tips that will also help students be successful in this retell.
The preview is only showing half of this document. They write the title of the text they are retelling across the top, questions along the left, tips across the bottom and a large area for them to write or plan their retell.
Easy to use tool - print it - and incorporate it into your class the very next minute.