Fictional Five Finger Retell Thumb: Characters: Who is the story mostly about?
Index Finger: Setting: Where does the story take place? Where are the characters?
Middle Finger: Problem: What is the problem or the challenge that the character must face?
Ring Finger: Events: What happens in the story? What does the character do to face the problem or challenges?
Pinky Finger: Solution: How is the problem solved or the challenge met?
Students are taught to read a section of text and paraphrase what they have read. This teaches self-monitoring. If a student can’t tell about what they have read they need to reread that part of the text.