ERIC Number: ED490189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Early Literacy and Assessment for Learning (K-3) Series: Exploring Comprehension through Retelling: A Teacher's Story
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
Rita is a Pacific island grade 2 teacher in a local village school. She has established a 90-minute daily literacy block in which she focuses on literacy-related activities. As she sits with her students during the literacy block, she realizes some of them are having difficulty comprehending text, and many are unable to retell the stories they've just read or listened to. Rita wants to help her students develop better retelling strategies. She knows practice will improve their ability to think critically and increase their level of comprehension, language development, and the awareness of story structure. Recently, she has been reading some professional journals focused on comprehension through retelling and is eager to try teaching retelling in new ways. Written by the staff of the Pacific Communities with High-performance In Literacy Development (Pacific CHILD) project at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), this booklet, fifth of the five-part Early Literacy and Assessment for Learning (K-3) Series, shares a teacher's experiences creating opportunities that enhance comprehension through narrative retelling. One specific performance activity Rita uses for narrative retelling is an assessment that can be found in the pocket inside the back cover of this booklet called "Telling Tales." The accompanying 19 page narrative story, "Little Honu's Journey" has been catalogued as a separate document. For this document, see ED490190.
Descriptors: Story Grammar, Language Acquisition, Emergent Literacy, Reading Comprehension, Pacific Islanders, Story Telling, Reading Strategies, Thinking Skills, Student Evaluation, Prediction, Vocabulary Development, Grade 2
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.