Summaries of Fictional Stories

What to look for when reading a story:

1) Setting - where and when the story takes place
2) Characters
3) Plot - introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion
- in a summary anything that keeps the story moving is part of the plot and is important.
4) Conflict - man vs. man, man vs. circumstances, man, vs. society, man vs. himself
5) Theme - what is the lesson we can learn from this story

A retell tells every single moment of the story. A summary includes only the most important elements.