comprehending :: determining importance :: sharing thinking :: derivative ::
"The retelling simply assesses the reader's recall (i.e., short-term memory) of important facts based on the independent reading of a new story." (Dorn, L. J., & Soffos, C., 2005, p. 15)
Retelling is the act of orally communicating from memory what the reader determined to be important about a text that was read. Retelling mirrors the original selection in language, structure, and length.