There are five passages, total, in this file. There are also five sample retelling worksheets, and two graphic organizer handouts. The graphic organizers allow students to easily recreate the necessary components of a retelling, and one is pictured as one of the thumbnails for this file. There are four fictional stories included, as well as one non-fiction passage. Each story is, approximately, one page in length. Some are slightly over one page long. Students will use a checklist to determine which retelling example has the most criteria represented.
The criteria for fictional literature is as follows:
The criteria for non-fiction literature is as follows:
The final written task asks students to apply their knowledge of the elements included in a good retelling, by using the last fictional passage to create their own retelling. A checklist is included here, too, so that students may ensure all elements are included.
I enjoy using the checklist with my students, as opposed to other examples of retelling graphic organizers, because it is presented in an easy to understand format. Additionally, students can easily recreate the process for both state testing and formative assessments.
I hope you enjoy it!