Story Grammar Prompts {for story retell and story generation}

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Understanding of story grammar elements and the ability to retell stories coherently are essential tools for children of all ages. Use these picture prompt cards for teaching story grammar elements and the skills needed to retell stories effectively.

**NOTE: These Story Grammar Prompts are an updated version of my Story Grammar Picture Prompts. The original 4 slides have been updated and content has changed. (Page below marked by an asterisk were part of the original document, but their content has changed.)

Included in the packet:

*pg. 1: Cover Page

*pg. 2: Contents and Instructions

pg. 3: Sample Goals – an overview of possible IEP goals related to story comprehension, story retell, and language complexity

pg. 4-5: Link to Common Core State Standards – page 4 lists Reading: Literature standards for grades K-3; page 5 lists Speaking and Listening standards for grades K-3

pg. 6: Developmental Expectations – the table on this page explains what story grammar levels and components should be expected for each grade Kindergarten through Sixth Grade

pg. 7-10: Sample Rubrics – story grammar and story retell goals target a lot of different skills and components. Rubrics are an efficient way to track and score many components and measure progress over time. Two versions of story grammar rubrics are included (one blank rubric and one rubric filled in with examples for each type).

*pg. 11: Story Grammar Components Overview – a review of the basic story grammar elements and their definitions

*pg. 12 Story Grammar Prompt Cards – laminate and cut apart the cards. Use these cards as you read a story. The cards can be presented and discussed as each story element comes up in the story. Or use the cards to review story grammar vocabulary with your students. You can also present the cards after reading a story and ask students to describe that part of the story. Cards can also be used as visual prompts to help students retell stories in their own words.

pg. 13-20: Single-Page Story Grammar Elements – These are single-page prompts for each story grammar element. Each page includes the element name, definition, icon, and examples. Use these large icons to teach individual story elements. Laminate for durability.

pg. 21-22: Story Maps – blank story maps to help students walk their way through story retell or story generation tasks. Two versions are included. The first uses icons and has blank boxes for students to write notes or draw pictures before telling their story. The second version does not include icons, but includes statements to help students self-check their story grammar.

pg.23-26: Story Component Dice – Use these dice to help students get their story started. Roll the dice and whichever picture lands on top is your new story element. Four dice are included: Character, Setting (location), Setting (time), and Lift-Off event.

pg. 27-30: Story Component Generation QR Codes – When students are generating their own stories, but get stuck thinking of components to add, just have them scan a random QR code to generate the next part of their story! Random generators are included for Character, Setting (location), Setting (time), and Lift-Off event.

pg. 31: Credits

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I hope you and your students have fun with this resource and find it to be a useful learning tool. Please leave feedback below so you can earn credits towards future purchases :)

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