Narrative Retelling Program Fact Sheet

Year Level: Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2, Years 3 to 6

Here is a 4-day plan that you can use in school or at home to help your children develop their narrative telling skills. Over an 8 – 12 week period the task of story retelling should greatly improve. Children should provide more information about the story, use more complex sentences, more complex vocabulary and retell stories with much greater confidence and ease.

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