Retelling is one of the first reading skills I focus on with my students. We spend a great deal of time throughout the year drawing, writing, and orally retelling the events in a story. We practice with fiction books and we practice with informational text. We practice in whole group, small group, and in one-on-one conferences. We retell with partners and we retell independently. Retelling is also an important assessment for our report cards, standards, and when we DRA and level our readers. So, it only makes sense that as teachers, we collaborate and discuss the various ways we help our young readers grasp the important reading skill of retelling.