Hopefully you have heard that we are doing an author study in Ms. Williams’ class. We are reading anything and everything by Mo Willems! Through this study, we are working on retelling stories. Ask your child what a good retelling should include. Here are some hints so you know what to look for 😉
Good retellings include…
1. The characters names
2. The setting of the story
3. Events from the beginning, middle, and end
4. All the most important details
Yesterday, your child should have brought home a “retelling rope” that has symbols to represent each part of a good retelling.
My idea is that you keep this retelling rope in their take-home book bag. As they read their take-home books (at least the fiction ones), have your child use this retelling rope to retell the books they read independently. Practicing this not only reminds them that they need to be thinking about the story as they read but also helps prepare them for the Developmental Reading Assessment, DRA. This is an assessment that looks at word accuracy and comprehension. REMEMBER being a good reader doesn’t just mean decoding every word… we want them to do that and actually understand what they read! HAPPY RETELLING!!!