Retelling is an important skill, and many students confuse retelling with summarizing. What is the difference? A summary is a paragraph answering the five W’s (who, what, when, where, and why). A retelling is a paragraph telling what happens first, second, third, etc.; a retelling tells the sequence of events and puts them in the correct order. A retelling is similar to a directions essay as both are sequential.
By giving students a wheel, a formula, and a writing chart, they will quickly learn how to write excellent retellings/directions in any subject.
Students will be able to do the following:
* brainstorm sequential events
* complete a graphic organizer (the wheel)
* write a well-developed retelling/directions essay using complete sentences
* proofread their work
* use a rubric to evaluate their work
The 17-page PDF contains the following:
* step-by-step instructions
* example with answer key
* topics for subject-specific writing assignments
* handouts that explain the writing process
Materials align to the Common Core standards.
Writing a Retelling/Directions Essay
by Jan Cosner
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