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Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

In this lesson, you get to put events in order from first to last, kind of like putting a puzzle together. Let's take a look at some tips and examples for how to sequence events!

Sequence of Events

Have you ever built a Lego set? Do you help your parents bake brownies? If so, you know you have to follow the right steps in the proper order from start to finish!

When reading, you need to follow a certain order, as well. The events of a story in order from first to last is called the sequence of events. The sequence of events helps readers retell the most important parts of the story in order.

Let's take a look at keywords that can help unlock the mystery to figuring out when something happens!

Time Order Words

Time order words are essential to helping readers determine when an event happened. When reading a story, you can look for these time order words to figure out when events occurred in relation to each other. Let's practice by finding keywords in a fiction (made-up) story.

Sequence of Events in Fiction

As you listen to the following story, be sure to keep your ears open for time order words!

First, I woke up and looked out my window. Snow was coming down in buckets! Next, I rushed down the stairs to ask my mom if school was cancelled. I shouted 'Hooray!' after mom told me there was no school today. After breakfast, my brother and I put our snowsuits on. Then, we raced outside to have a snowball fight. Before we went inside, we built an enormous snowman! Finally, we went inside and sipped hot chocolate by the fireplace. This was a terrific snow day!

What are some of the keywords that tell you the sequence of events? The time order words in this story are: ''first,'' ''next,'' ''after,'' ''today,'' ''then,'' ''before,'' and ''finally.''

Now, let's reread the story and use the time order words to help put the following events in the right order:

  • I shouted ''Hooray!''
  • We built a snowman.
  • Snow was coming down in buckets.
  • We sipped hot chocolate by the fireplace.
  • Mom told me there was no school today.

Using our keywords, we can figure out the correct order:

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