Sequence of Events in a Narrative: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

When you read, it is important to be able to retell the events in a story. Those events need to be retold in the correct order for the story to make sense. In this lesson, you'll learn how to sequence events in a narrative.

Sequence of Events

Have you ever seen a really good movie? Maybe it was an action-packed superhero movie or a fantasy adventure to a far off land. When a director creates a new film, he or she has to make sure the scenes help the movie make sense from the opening scene until the credits start rolling.

Likewise, as a reader, it's important for you to identify the sequence of events in a story. The sequence of events is the order of events as they occur in a story. Just like when the heroes can't stop the world-ending doomsday machine before it's been built in a superhero movie, the sequence of events in story occurs in a precise order so that it makes sense to the person reading it.

So how do you identify the sequence of events? Get your popcorn because it's showtime!

Organize the Story

Movie directors often use storyboards to help them visualize what will happen in each scene. Storyboards show what will happen in each camera shot just like the panels of a comic book tell a story. As a reader, you can also think of the sequence of events like a storyboard.

After you've read a story, you can organize the story into three sections and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What happens at the beginning of the story?
  2. What happens in the middle of the story?
  3. What happens at the end of the story?

The beginning of the story usually introduces the main characters, setting, and problem faced by or purpose of the characters. The middle part of the story usually focuses on the characters as they try and solve the problem. The end of the story focuses on how the problem is resolved, or the end of the characters' journey.

It may help to create a chart, like this one, to help you organize the different events that make up the beginning, middle, and end of a story.


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