Lesson Plan

Retelling with Paragraph Frames

Help your EL students retell a story using a paragraph frame and transition words. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity to reinforce comprehension of texts or used as a support lesson for Read and Retell a Classic.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Read and Retell a Classic Story lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Read and Retell a Classic Story lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will retell a fictional text using a paragraph frame.

Language

Students will be able to retell a fictional text with transition words using a paragraph frame.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
The Ugly Duckling's New FriendVocabulary Cards: Retelling with Paragraph FramesGlossary: Retelling with Paragraph FramesParagraph Frame Worksheet for Fictional Text RetellFormative Assessment: Fictional Text Retell ChecklistTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Access prior knowledge of comprehension by showing a photograph of someone understanding what they are reading.
  • Write the word "comprehension" under the photograph.
  • Ask students what the picture shows and how the picture relates to the word comprehension.
  • Allow a few students to offer responses using details from the picture.
  • Explain to students that comprehension means understanding what you are looking at, reading, or discussing.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be learning unfamiliar words, transition words, and using a paragraph frame to help them retell a story.
  • Have the students choral chant the learning objective for the day: "I can retell a fictional text with transition words using a paragraph frame."