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Basics on the topic Retelling: Beginning, Middle and End

Join Zayd and Ari and learn all about retelling the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Retelling: Beginning, Middle and End exercise

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  • What is retelling?

    Hints

    The re part in retelling means to repeat something or to do something again.

    Telling is talking about something or describing a story or event.

    Solution

    Retelling is to tell or talk about something again.

  • Retell the important parts of the story.

    Hints

    What happened at the beginning? How did Ari feel?

    What happened in the middle?

    What happened at the end? What did Ari and Zayd do?

    Solution

    In the beginning, Ari was sad.

    In the middle, Zayd came to talk to Ari.

    In the end, Zayd and Ari went flying.

  • Annabel and Ruff

    Hints

    When retelling a story, you could start with phrases such as it all started or in the beginning.

    Next you may use phrases like in the middle or after that.

    When coming to the end of retelling a story, you could say in the end or finally.

    Solution

    It all started when Ruff came to live with Annabel.

    In the middle, Annabel was walking Ruff but he chased after a squirrel!

    Finally, Annabel's dad got a call to say Ruff had been found! He was home and safe.

  • Retell the main events.

    Hints

    Read or listen to the story again, what happened at the beginning?

    Think about the main events, what happened in the middle?

    Use the pictures to retell the story out loud so it makes sense to you. What is the correct order?

    Solution

    In the beginning, Billy was in the field and was surprised to hear a loud noise.

    Next, Billy went to the gate and saw a fire engine. He also saw Pixie up the tree.

    Then, one of the firefighters climbed the ladder to rescue Pixie.

    In the end, Pixie was rescued and Billy smiled.

  • Which part is the beginning, the middle and the end?

    Hints

    Which words help you know that it's the beginning, middle or end of the story?

    Here is an example of how to end a story:

    In the end the girl won the race.

    Solution

    In the beginning, the monkey was hungry. This part is highlighted in yellow as it is the beginning.

    In the middle, a giraffe asked if they could help. This part is highlighted in green as it is the middle.

    In the end, the giraffe helped the monkey reach the bananas. This part is highlighted in blue as it is the end.

  • Zayd Retells a Story

    Hints

    Which words help you know which sentence is the beginning, middle or end?

    The words that help you know which sentence is the beginning, middle or end are:

    • In the beginning or it all started when
    • In the middle, after that or then
    • In the end or finally

    Think about the middle carefully. Would the boy be upset before or after his sandcastle got swept away?

    Solution

    In the beginning, the boy was building a sandcastle at the beach. It was the biggest one he had built and he felt proud.

    After that the boy's sandcastle got swept away by an ocean wave.

    Then, the boy was upset and started crying.

    In the end the boy's mum and sister helped him to make an even bigger sandcastle.