How to Retell a Story

by Melanie Jenkins

Thumb = Main Idea, Pointer Finger = One Detail , Middle Finger = One Detail, Ring Finger = One Detail , Pinkie Finger = Final Thought


  • Main Idea
  • First Detail
  • Second Detail
  • Third Detail
  • Final Thought
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Let's retell the story of The Three Little Pigs. We'll use a hand as our guide to help us remember all the steps. First is the thumb. What was the MAIN IDEA of the story?

    Step 2

    The Main Idea

    Step 3

    Next come the pointer, middle, and ring fingers. These are THREE DETAILS from the story. They should all relate to the main idea!

    Step 4

    Three Details

    Step 5

    Finally, for the pinkie finger, give one final thought. Tell HOW THE STORY ENDS.

    Step 6

    How Does the Story End?