Using Retelling Ropes helps students determine the important story elements that should be included in retelling. It is a great way to inspire and encourage students to remember and retell stories in ways that improve engagement, comprehension and expression of information about stories with order and accuracy.
This lesson plan provides quick mini lessons on the story elements along with step by step instructions on how to teach retelling using the book "Big Al" and Retelling Ropes.
This is a sweet story about a big, scary fish who just wants to have a friend. It is an account of how he tries to make friends with the other fish. After many failed attempts, the story ends with an event that ultimately allows Big Al to become a hero and make many friends.
This lesson plan also includes a second round of using the Retelling Rope with the story "Harry the Dirty Dog". This allows teachers an opportunity to go through the Retelling Rope procedure again, insuring that students have a good understanding of story elements and how to use a Retelling Rope before they use it on their own during Independent Reading and as part of their homework.
Kids LOVE retelling ropes! Make them their very own Retelling Rope out of cheap shoelaces. Directions on how to do this are also included in the plan.