University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Written Retelling

LEADERS Handbook of Early Literacy Strategies and Activities

Time: 10-15 minutes
Group Style: Individual
Grade Level: 1-3


This activity allows the student to demonstrate both comprehension of the story and writing knowledge.



  1. Remind students of the 5 finger strategy.
  2. After completing the text, the students should retell the story through writing.

Teacher Comments

  • Share a few with the group afterwards.
  • I sometimes use the written retelling as a mini-lesson for writing, such as including proper capitalization for naming nouns.