Retelling is an important and foundational reading skill. To successfully retell a story, a reader must remember the story and its details, determine what is important, be able to paraphrase, and tell the story in sequence. This skill requires practice over time. To scaffold the retelling of stories, I like to use a 3 box flowmap. The first box represents the beginning of the story; who is in the story and what the character wants or is doing. The second box represents the middle of the story; the problem or the sequence of events that build the story. The third box represents the end of the story; how the story ends and how the character feels.
After listening to the story, The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, scholars drew pictures of each part of the story then used the app Educreations to retell the story.