This printable is a set of common words used when retelling a story. There is a page of a few words to start the retell, sequence words for the middle of the retell, and words to use when ending a retell.
When I used these cards, I printed the "starting" words in green, sequence words in yellow, and "ending" words in red. That way, I was able to guide students in choosing appropriate words for the retell, while still allowing choice.
There are a number of ways these could be used- as a group oral retell, tools for students when writing their own retells, partner retells, etc.