Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 22: Story Retelling
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
Most teachers view retelling a text as a reading- or listening-comprehension assessment tool. Indeed, it is that, but it is far more. The Story Retelling strategy encourages reading for meaning and language development. When students are required to retell a story, they reconstruct the story, digging deep into various story events, actions of the characters, and their intentions. Story retellings hand over the responsibility to the student for constructing meaning. In their classic work Read and Retell, Brown and Cambourne (1987) observed the language-rich benefits students derived from engaging in retelling stories: Students acquired an understanding of text structures, vocabulary, and text conventions; they developed an awareness of the process that was involved in the ...