Retelling (Telling Again!) A Fiction Story

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13481

Sometimes after you read a book, you have to tell someone else the important parts. In this lesson, you'll listen to an interesting story and get to practice this skill of retelling!


Comprehension, English / Language Arts, Reading

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

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Before you begin retelling a story, review the parts of a story with this fun video.

  • Can you sing along?

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Wow, that video reminded you of so much.

Keep reading to see what you will do with that information.

Throughout this lesson, you will learn how to retell a fiction story.

Thinking about and knowing how to retell a fictional text helps you understand the important parts of a story, which helps you to understand the whole story better.

  • What does retelling mean?

When you retell a story, you tell the story again.

This means you are telling the important parts of a story you've just read. Remember, the video reminded you of a story's important parts.

  • setting
  • characters
  • important events (what happened in the story, including the beginning, middle, and end)

Sometimes, you look at the book to remind you of things to include in the retelling.

When you look at the book, you can't just reread the words. You have to think of the important parts and tell them in your own words.

Another word that people sometimes use for retelling is summarizing or giving a summary.

When you give a summary, you must be sure to tell the events in order and to be sure it makes sense.

  • Want an example of retelling with a familiar story?

Watch the video below.

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