Oral Retelling Rubric – Levels 4 – 24
Literary Text (Fiction)
Directions: Prior to reading the selection the teachers should:
1. Give a brief story introduction about the text.
2. Have the student browse through the pictures in the text and make predictions about the story if the text
is supported by pictures (Levels 4-16).
3. Have the student read aloud a section of text at the beginning of the story and make a prediction based
on what was read. Score the student on the rubric below based on their responses.
4. Have the student read the story, or the rest of the text. The student reads the text aloud for Levels 4-
16. The student reads the rest of the text silently for Levels 18-24.
5. After reading the story, tell the student, “Now, tell me what happened in this story. Start at the
16 Possible Points 1 point 2 points 3 points 4 points
Some prompting No prompting required.
Prompting needed for No prompting required
required for student to Student uses some of
the student to briefly for the student to make
make comments and the pictures and/or text
predict what will happen relevant connections to
Predictions in the story. Prediction
predictions. Prediction to make a prediction.
the pictures or text for
may not be completely Prediction is somewhat
may not be relevant to making a reasonable
relevant to pictures or consistent with the
pictures or text. prediction.
text. pictures or text.
Retells 1 or 2 events; Retells in random order: Retells the story
characters are referred at least 3 events are generally in sequence Retells all important
Retelling: to using general included; refers to and includes most of the events in sequence in
characters, setting, pronouns; does not characters using correct important events in the the beginning, middle,
sequence includes setting; some pronouns; may or may beginning, middle, and and end of the story;
misinformation not include the setting; end of the story; indentifies story setting
(retelling is limited) some misinterpretation identifies story setting
Retelling includes at Retelling includes some Retelling includes all
Retelling: Retelling includes limited
least 1 detail; uses some important details; uses important details; uses
details and uses general
Relevant details and language/vocabulary language/vocabulary language/vocabulary
terms or labels; limited
supporting evidence from the text; has some from the text; has basic from the text; has a
understanding of key
(vocabulary) understanding of key understanding of most good understanding of
words/concepts key words/concepts key words/concepts
Retelling: 5 or more questions or 3 or 4 questions or 1 or 2 questions or No questions or prompts
Prompting support prompts were given prompts were given prompts were given were given
Total Score 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Below are prompts the teacher may give the student. Mark a tally each time a prompt is given.
_____ Can you tell me more?
_____ What happened at the beginning of the story?
_____ The student tells about an event. The teacher may say, “What happened before or after
____________________ happened in the story?
_____ Who else was in the story?
_____ How did the story end?
_____ Record in the space below any other questions asked to prompt the student during the retelling.
Adapted from the Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA) and the South Carolina Academic English Language Arts Standards and created by
Tonna Marroni, Instructional Facilitator in Anderson School District Five