Lesson Plan

Fantastic Fiction: Retelling Stories

Use this fun lesson plan as a stand alone or pre-lesson when introducing the concept of retelling a story to your ELs.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the A Day at the Zoolesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the A Day at the Zoolesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will narrate several linked events, tell about the events in order, and provide a reaction to what happened.

Language

Students will be able to retell a story with complete sentences using a word and picture bank.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Sequence It: Goldilocks and the Three BearsMy Story ReflectionVocabulary Cards: Retelling StoriesGlossary: Retelling Stories
  • Gather the class together.
  • Begin by telling the class that you are going to pretend to be an animal and they will need to guess what kind of animal you are.
  • Act like a familiar animal (dog, cat, cow, horse, etc.) using both your body and voice (motions and sounds).
  • Ask the students to guess the animal.
  • Have the students turn and talk to a partner to share how they knew you were that animal (e.g., body motions, sounds).
  • Tell the class that since you aren't really an animal, you were acting like one. Acting is when you pretend to be something you are not.
  • Explain that today they will get to retell a story by acting it out.