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This freebie is meant to help readers distinguish between retelling and summarizing fiction text. Why is that important? Retelling is great for sequencing skills and retaining information, however it requires a relatively low cognitive load. Summarizing, on the other hand, challenges readers to focus on the big picture, paraphrase the author's words, and determine which events are the most important to the overall theme of the book.

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Retelling Stories Anchor Chart and printable for creating a "retelling rope." Cute idea for primary grades, but looks like something easily adapted for older students, too.

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