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The Shared Retelling Strategy Within the Assess-Decide-Guide Framework
—Jan Richardson and Ellen Lewis

About the Authors

Jan Richardson, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, an educational consultant, and a leading expert in guided reading with experience as a Reading Recovery® teacher leader, a staff developer, and a teacher of every grade—K–12.

Ellen Lewis, M.Ed., is author of The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading Study Guide as well as several children’s books, and a literacy consultant with more than three decades of literacy teaching experience as a reading teacher and Reading Recover® teacher.

Expert Idea

Shared Retelling

When a student finishes reading a story or a passage from a longer piece of fiction, a fast and efficient way to assess his or her comprehension is to ask for a shared retelling, following the steps on the Tip Sheet.

Retelling, a foundational comprehension strategy, helps students understand story and shows teachers how well students comprehend what they read.

Teach It

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Download the Tip Sheet for ideas on how to teach shared retelling to students at home.

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Download the Shared Retelling Cards template.


Watch and Learn

Watch Jan use the shared retelling strategy with a group of early and transitional readers.

Watch Ellen work with a group of emergent-early readers as part of a RISE lesson. RISE is a reading intervention program developed by Jan and Ellen, based on Jan’s Next Step Forward in Guided Reading. See 6:46– 9:53 of the video to watch a shared retelling discussion.

In a remote lesson, Jan teaches the shared retelling strategy to a transitional reader.

Learn More

  • Read a Sample Chapter
    Click here to download an excerpt from Jan Richardson’s The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading and read about more comprehension strategies.
  • Order the Book
    Click here to order The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson.