SOS: Paper Slide

Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Paper Slide
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“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.



  • 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.

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  1. Martha said:

    Love this lesson idea but the first 3 links in the resources are not good. Can you help with that?

    Thank you

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  3. Chris said:

    I am going to try this in my science class around the topic of cycles (nitrogen, phosphorus, water, and carbon). My students are very concerned with memorizing everything and while they may get the details, they still miss some and spend too much time preparing for assessments. More importantly, they often miss the bigger ideas. Looking forward to seeing how this works.

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