Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.



  • facts
  • coherent
  • tell
  • sentences

  • recount
  • details
  • experience

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  • Students who learn to support retelling with facts and details are better able to understand increasingly complex reading and writing tasks, including the development of research-based assignments.
  • When students focus on key ideas and details as they retell stories or recount experiences, they begin to discern what is most important and relevant. This analytical thinking is essential across grade levels and content areas.
  • Recalling details in stories or about experiences supports the student’s use of long term and working memory during the learning process.
  • Oral retelling or recounting of experiences support reading and writing skills such as sequencing, organization, and the recognition of key ideas and supporting details.
  • The ability to use coherent sentences when speaking supports continued and increasingly mature use of language and writing skills.

  • How do grammar and language skills reinforce the speaking and writing?
  • What strategies support students being able to effectively retell stories or recount experiences?
  • What techniques can teachers use to prompt students to add or expand details and facts as they retell stories or recount experiences?
  • How can students be supported in efforts to construct and use coherent sentences?
  • What assessments measure oral language proficiency?

Go to SL.1.4 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to SL.3.4 to see the progression of related skills.