order of events


Sequencing is one of many skills necessary for students' comprehension abilities. Finding meaning in a text depends on the ability to be able to recall the events in a story. Sequencing refers to the components in a story - beginning, middle, end. Students should be able to retell the events that happened in any given story, in the order in which they occurred. Transitional words, such as first, next, then, and last, are often used in retelling the sequence of events.

Why is sequencing important?

"Students who possess the ability to recognize or recall the sequence in a passage are often able to infer what occurred between two stated events or incidents. They can also make predictions about what might happen next in a passage based not he previous sequence of events. Sequencing demands that students use at least the literal level of comprehension. More often, however, the interpretive level as well as the applicative level must be used. In order to correctly sequence events, the students must interpret a passage of print or series of pictures and then anticipate which event must come next (and also which cannot)" (Johns & Lensky, 2010).
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Johns, J. & Lenski, S. (2010). Improving reading: Interventions, strategies and resources. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

District Action Plan

-Gradual release of instruction pg. 1

-Literacy across content standards (note-making and graphic organizer) pg. 13

-Literacy across content standards (summary writing activities) pg. 15

-Balanced literacy (thinking within and beyond the text) pg. 41


In each envelope will be 5 strips of paper. With your table group, order the events into the correct sequence of events. Be ready to justify why you sequence the events in that order.


-For students with lower ability, pictures could be used.

-For students with higher ability, vary the number and complexity of the sentences

Exit Ticket!!

With your table group, please create a six word summary of what you learned about sequencing and why it is important.