How can we teach students to retell or summarize nonfiction material without having them regurgitate everything they just read? Retelling and summarizing nonfiction is NOT easy! Students tend to tell too much or not enough; they often just repeat sentences they've read without using their own words or adding their own determinations.
This handout is designed to guide students in giving an excellent retell of a nonfiction article or book they have read. It may seem intense to students at first because students fear not knowing the 'right' answer, but if you model what constitutes acceptable answers with several articles or short books, students will pick up on how to give their own top-quality retell.
It's important to note that this is just a guide. Because not all nonfiction is written the same, acceptable answers won't always "fit" into the blanks easily. Teach the students that it is ok to scratch out certain words or phrases in the answers so that their thoughts make sense. ANY FEEDBACK IS APPRECIATED!!!