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

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Before we begin retelling a story, let's review the parts of a story with this fun video.

  • Can you sing along?

Parts of a Story | Language Arts Song for Kids | English for Kids | Jack Hartmann from Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel:

Wow, that video reminded us of so much.

Keep reading to see what we are going to 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 that you are telling the important parts of a story that you've just read. Remember, the video just reminded us of the important parts of a story:

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

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

When we look at the book, we can't just read the words again. We have to think of the important parts and tell them in our own words.

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

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

Want to see an example of retelling with a familiar story?

Watch How To Retell a Story For Kids from Teaching Without Frills:

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