ELA.1.R.3.2

Retell a text in oral or written form to enhance comprehension.
  1. Use main story elements at the beginning, middle, and end for a literary text.
  2. Use topic and important details for an informational text.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Most grade-level texts are appropriate for this benchmark.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 1
Strand: Reading
Date Adopted or Revised: 08/20
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5010020: Basic Skills in Reading-K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5010042: Language Arts - Grade One (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
7710012: Access Language Arts - Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5011010: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
5010022: Functional Reading Skills K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2021 and beyond (current))
5010026: Functional Reading Skills 3-5 (Specifically in versions: 2021 and beyond (current))
5010101: Introduction to Debate Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5010012: English for Speakers of Other Languages Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2021 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
ELA.1.R.3.AP.2a: Identify main story elements at the beginning, middle and end for a literary text using the student’s mode of communication.
ELA.1.R.3.AP.2b: Identify a topic and relevant details for an informational text using the student’s mode of communication.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

Who Will Help the Little Red Hen?:

The Little Red Hen is a classic folktale that children always enjoy. Students will be exposed to new vocabulary, identify story elements, and then write a paragraph retelling the story. There are certainly some important lessons learned by the characters in this folktale. Students will identify the moral of this story and add these lessons to their writing.

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Character Traits with Chrysanthemum:

During this reading lesson, students will analyze the text Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. The students will determine the moral or lesson of the story, be exposed to new vocabulary, and demonstrate knowledge about the character, Chrysanthemum. The students will choose one character trait of Chrysanthemum to write about using textual evidence. This writing can be attached to an art project celebrating this wonderful story about friendship and believing in yourself.

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Let's Go to the Outback: Mem Fox's Possum Magic:

Your primary students will love this magical adventure with Possum Magic by Mem Fox. This wonderful Australian folktale shares delicious academic vocabulary that allows students to interact with context clues and discussion questions throughout the story. Students and teachers alike will be charmed by multi-tiered activities and extensions that will keep their interest throughout the entire lesson.

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A Young Bird's Quest: A Study of Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman:

Children will be delighted by the funny and sweet book, Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman. They will participate in discussions about what happens, retell the story through drawings, and participate in an activity to identify the main story elements of this book.

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Anyone for Mouse Soup?:

In this lesson, the teacher will guide the students multiple readings of Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel. This will be done as a read-aloud. Students will practice identifying story elements and learn new vocabulary words. For independent practice, students will retell this delightful story through writing.

Type: Lesson Plan

A Close Reading of The Little Red Hen:

In this lesson, the students will listen to the teacher read aloud the folk tale The Little Red Hen. The students will collaborate with their teacher and peers during a close reading in order to determine the story elements and the moral or lesson that the story teaches. The students will work in pairs to describe the characteristics of the Little Red Hen and write a sentence about it.

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It’s Mine! A Book About Sharing and Cooperation:

In this lesson students will use details from the story It's Mine! by Leo Lionni to describe story elements, determine unknown words, and understand the moral or lesson of the text. This will be done with teacher support, in pairs, and by working independently. The lessons will conclude with a piece of opinion writing to show students’ perspective on the text.

Type: Lesson Plan

Be Brave and Fearless: A Closer Look at Sheila Rae, the Brave:

In this reading lesson, students will identify and describe story elements and retell the major events in the story Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes. Students will also identify the moral or the lesson learned in the story and write an opinion paragraph about the main characters as they explore the concept of bravery.

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Mr. Duck Means Business: A Reading and Writing Lesson:

Students will be engaged with the adorably illustrated and written children's book, Mr. Duck Means Business. They will discuss the story elements, practice retelling it, and create an expository writing piece about how the main character changed from the beginning to the end of the book.

Type: Lesson Plan

Caps For Sale, Come and Get Them!:

In this lesson, students will work with the text Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. They will identify and describe the characters, settings, and major events using a graphic organizer. The students will then have an opportunity to retell the story by recalling the sequence of events. Finally, the students will write a narrative of the text using their own words to explain what happened first, next, then, and finally to the peddler.

Type: Lesson Plan

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Finds a Memory:

After students read the delightful book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, they will discuss the story elements and retell this tale. As the teacher guides the class through activities and discussion, students will learn about the significance of memories and the importance of friendship. The students will write an opinion piece about their definition of a memory.

Type: Lesson Plan

Is That How It Happened?:

In this lesson, students will participate in various sequencing activities using a teacher selected text. With a partner, students will recall events from the text to complete a graphic organizer that outlines the beginning, middle, and end of the story being read. Students will independently sequence pre-selected pictures from the text and write sentences that describe the pictures.

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Making a Splash: Comparing Two Informational Texts through Read Alouds:

In this lesson, students will compare and contrast two informational texts through read alouds and use of a Venn diagram graphic organizer. The lesson uses Swimming by JoAnn Macken and Let's Swim by Carol Lindeen. Students will also write to summarize the similarities and differences between the two texts.

Type: Lesson Plan

What is a Scientist? Topic and Relevant Details:

This lesson is intended to support students in finding the topic and relevant details in a text, also exposing students to the role and importance of scientists. Using an informational text, students will read about what scientists do and why they are important. After reading about scientists, students will write a summary identifying the topic and relevant details from the text. Then, they will share their summaries with partners in the classroom.

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Lesson Learned Using the Text Jamaica and Brianna:

In this lesson, students will retell the major events of the story Jamaica and Brianna by Juanita Havill. Students will then use details from the story to identify and explain the moral or lesson learned from the story. This lesson can follow as lesson 2 in a series using the same text.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

Once Upon a Retelling:

Identify and retell the main elements of a story in this interactive tutorial. Join Walter Wolf to find the characters, setting, and major events in his favorite story, The Three Little Pigs, and retell what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Exploring Fables:

Recount the important details using story elements and determine the central message, lesson, or moral of the fable in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Retell Wheel:

In this activity, students will retell a story using a question retell wheel.

Type: Student Center Activity

Original Student Tutorials for Language Arts - Grades K-5

Exploring Fables:

Recount the important details using story elements and determine the central message, lesson, or moral of the fable in this interactive tutorial.

Once Upon a Retelling:

Identify and retell the main elements of a story in this interactive tutorial. Join Walter Wolf to find the characters, setting, and major events in his favorite story, The Three Little Pigs, and retell what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 

Student Resources

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Original Student Tutorials

Once Upon a Retelling:

Identify and retell the main elements of a story in this interactive tutorial. Join Walter Wolf to find the characters, setting, and major events in his favorite story, The Three Little Pigs, and retell what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Exploring Fables:

Recount the important details using story elements and determine the central message, lesson, or moral of the fable in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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