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Retelling Fiction

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What did you learn today about retelling fiction?

Today we learned about a strategy to help in retelling fiction stories. Remember that retelling means to tell again. In this video we learned about a strategy called;

  • Somebody
  • Wanted
  • But
  • Then
  • So

We learned that if you take the first initial of each word, it makes SWBTS and can be used to retell the key details in a text.

Want to keep learning about retelling fiction? Take a look at the interactive activities and worksheets following this video!

Transcript Retelling Fiction

: "Ari, Ari! I have GOT to tell you about what just happened to me!" : "It was so wild, I'm going to retell EVERYTHING!" : "What's retelling?" "Retelling Fiction". Have you ever tried to tell someone about an amazing show, but you just couldn’t remember all of the details? Maybe you remembered one or two of the important parts but not all of them. If you retell the story using certain tools you'll be sure to remember all of the important parts! What is retelling and why is it important? We can use the parts of the word 'retell' to help understand what retelling is. The 're' part means again... and the tell part is when you talk about something that already happened. So, retelling is talking about the important parts of the story again. It's hard to remember every single thing AND it would be a very long description. To help, we can use a tool called 'somebody, wanted, but, then, so' ... OR , Swuhbuts for short. Let's learn about this tool and help Zayd retell this AMAZING thing that happened to him! : "It all started when my friends and I got lost in a pink forest" The in SWBTS stands for 'someone'. We use this to tell WHO the characters are in the story. Who is in Zayd's story? Zayd and his friends are the 'characters' of this story! : "We were looking through the beautiful trees trying to find our way out!" The in SWBTS stands for 'wanted'. We use this to tell what the characters WANTED in the story. What did the characters in Zayd's story want? They wanted to find their way out of the pink forest! : "We finally found our way out BUT SUDDENLY we got lost in a world of candy!" : "There were GIANT lollipops and bushes made out of cotton candy!" The of stands for 'but'. We use this to describe the problem that happens in the story. What problem has happened in Zayd's story? Zayd and his friends got lost in a world of candy! : "It's okay though, because then we rode the marshmallow animals to the pink jello pool!" The in SWBTS stands for 'then'. We use this to tell what happened after the problem. What happened after Zayd's friends were in the world made of candy? They rode the marshmallow animals to the pink jello pool! : "So FINALLY we decided to have a pool party!" The last in SWBTS stands for 'so'. We use this to tell what happened in the end of the story. What was the final thing that happened in Zayd's story? Zayd and his friends decided to have a pool party with the jello pool! Now that we've heard Zayd's story, let's review! Today we learned about retelling... and a tool to help retell! Remember when we retell, we are talking again about the events of a story that happened. We also learned about or Swuhbuts. Which is (...) somebody, wanted, but, then, so. Now, let's see about that jello party... : 'Wait a second... did all of that REALLY happen to you? : "Of course it did! I dreamt it, afterall!"

Retelling Fiction exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Retelling Fiction .
  • What is SWBTS?

    Hints

    If you retell the story using certain tools you'll be sure to remember all of the important parts! Do you remember the acronym we can use to remember the steps of retelling fiction stories?

    We learned that if you take the first initial of each word, it makes SWBTS and can be used to retell the key details in a text.

    We can use the tool SWBTS to help us when retelling a fiction story.
    There are two S's in this word. Do you remember which S comes first? When we are retelling a story, we need to introduce our somebody, or character, first!

    Solution

    When we retell a fiction story, it helps to use a tool called SWBTS.

    • Somebody - The main character or characters in the story.
    • Wanted - What do the main characters want?
    • But - The problem that arises in the story!
    • Then - What happened after the problem.
    • So... - What happened at the end of the story.
    This strategy helps us share the events of a story in the correct order.

  • What does SWBTS mean?

    Hints

    Let's look at each word that makes up our SWBTS strategy.

    1. Somebody
    2. Wanted
    3. But
    4. Then
    5. So
    We use this tool to be sure to remember all of the important parts of a story.

    • Is the somebody in a fiction story the characters in the story or the problem that they face?
    • We use somebody to tell who the characters are in the story.
    • What do you think the word but represents?
    • We use but to describe the problem that happens in the story.

    How does a fiction story end? We use so to describe the final thing that happened in the story.

    Solution

    We use the Somebody, Wanted, But, Then, So strategy to retell all of the important parts of a story.

    • Somebody - The main character or characters in the story.
    • Wanted - What the character wants.
    • But - The problem that happens in the story.
    • Then - What happened after the problem.
    • So - What happened in the end of the story.

  • Retelling a story using SWBTS.

    Hints

    Use this table to help you remember how to use the SWBTS strategy.

    Who was this story mostly about? Who had the problem in this story? This is your main character.

    Solution
    • Somebody: Koko
    • Wanted: To enjoy a relaxing beach day
    • But: Seagulls came and ate all of her food.
    • Then: Pearl and Otis offered to share their picnic.
    • So: Koko, Pearl, and Otis shared a picnic and had a nice beach day together.
  • Read the passage and retell.

    Hints

    Use this table to help you remember how to use the SWBTS strategy.

    Two things happened at the end of the story! Reread the story to find out. What happened to Kala and Dee after they decided to put on their rain gear?

    This story has two main characters. Who are the main characters in this story?

    Solution
    • Somebody: Kala and Dee
    • Wanted: Sundaes from the ice cream shop
    • But: It started raining
    • Then: They put on their rain gear.
    • So: The friends got sundaes. Had fun together, rain or shine.
  • Read and Retell Using SWBTS.

    Hints
    • We retell a story using the Somebody, Wanted, But, Then, So strategy. Retelling events in a particular order will help us remember all of the important details!

    Use this table to help you remember the order of the SWBTS strategy.

    Solution

    When we retell a story using the Somebody, Wanted, But, Then, So (SWBTS) strategy, we retell the events in a particular order.

    • Somebody: Pearl and Otis
    • Wanted: Planned to ride the tallest rollercoaster in the park.
    • But: Pearl was not tall enough to ride the tallest rollercoaster.
    • Then: Otis decided to check their amusement park map to find fun rides that they could both ride.
    • So: Otis chose rides that both he and Pearl could ride together.

  • Read the passage and answer the questions.

    Hints

    How can you use the Somebody, Wanted, But, Then, So (SWBTS) strategy to help you answer these questions about the story?

    • The main character is who the story is mostly about.
    • Who is this story mostly about? Zayd!
    • At the end of the story, we don't know for sure whether Zayd made the team or not.
    • How did he feel as he headed into the try-outs at the end of the story?
    Solution
    1. Who is the main character in this story? This story is mostly about Zayd.
    2. What did the main character want? To join the school basketball team
    3. What was the problem in this story? He was embarrassed and not confident. Zayd did not feel confident enough to try out once he saw all of the other talented players.
    4. What happened after the problem? Coach told Zayd to focus on himself.
    5. How did the story end? He felt motivated. Zayd felt motivated to try out after Coach's encouraging words.