Retelling a Fiction Story

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10344

Have you ever tried to retell a story and wound up silent or babbling instead? Use your fingers and a rope to remember the important parts of a story so you can retell it (and act it out!) with ease!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

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How can this rope with knots help you retell a story?

A good way to retell a story is to use your hand or a rope as a reminder for the important parts in a story.

First, we will learn to use our hand when retelling a story. Take a piece of paper and trace your hand. Now watch this Vodcast - Retelling a Story video and write down the parts of the retell on the fingers as it is shown in the video.


Next, practice this method with a familiar story like The Tortoise and the Hare or The Three Little Pigs. Read aloud from the book. After you finished reading, can you name the character, setting, beginning, middle, and end of the story?

If you have a rope of string you can tie knots in it to remind you of the important parts of the story. While you retell the story, move your hand down the rope, touching each knot as you say the characters, setting, and the beginning, middle, and end of the story. This Story Retelling Rope from is a good visual for to help you with the rope retell.

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