Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge! Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.
“Retelling does not mean memorizing—it means recounting the story in the child’s own words. Retellings require children to think more conceptually—to look at the bigger picture—rather than answering specific questions about the text. Retelling also helps learners internalize information and concepts, such as vocabulary and story structure (Brown & Cambourne, 1987). The more experience children have with retelling, the more they are able to understand, synthesize, and infer.” (The Tutor, Spring 2003) The Paper Slide activity incorporates both the visual and oral sequencing and retelling of a story or concept.
- Explain to students that they will be evaluating multiple resources to reveal what really happened the night of Paul Revere’s famous ride.
- As they review the resources below, they should look for patterns and discrepancies.
- To retell what happened the night of Paul Revere’s ride, students will need to create 8-10 “slides” from blank sheets of white paper and markers. On each sheet students should provide evidence, examples, and illustrations of what happened that famous evening.
- When students have completed their slides, they will take turns retelling the story by sliding their pages in front of their audience and retelling the story.
- Pro Tip: Record their retelling using any digital device and share out.
- Finished example: “Extra! Extra! Truth Revealed: Who, What, When”
- Select one or several videos, reading passages, or audio files about your topic.
- Remind students that they will need to pay attention to the big ideas and important details of the story as they watch, read, or listen.
- Have students retell the story using illustrations created on 8-10 sheets of paper.
You can take the challenge by:
- Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
- Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
- Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.