Sequence of Events Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the sequence of events in nonfiction texts. Teach students how to recognize and organize thinking when encountering this type of text.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify signal words used in text
  • organize and gather information in a sequential text
  • create original sequential text


1 hour


  • informational articles, cut apart into sections or sentences, placed in envelopes
  • highlighters
  • glue
  • paper
  • chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • sequence/sequential
  • signal words

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.4

Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2.c

Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5

Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


  • As a warm up, ask students to write a flash paragraph detailing what they did that morning before school. Share, pointing out the sequential order of events and transition/signal words used.
  • Tell students they will be learning about sequence of events in informational text. Show the lesson Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection.
  • From 2:40 to 3:40, pause and restart the video as necessary to allow students to identify signal words in the lesson example.
  • Play the remainder of the video.

Discussion Questions

At the end of the lesson, ask:

  • When do writers put events in a sequential order?
  • How does ordering events help readers?
  • What types of text use sequencing?


  • Give partner pairs or small groups the articles that have been cut apart into sections or sentences and placed in envelopes.
  • Using the paper and glue, instruct students to work together to reassemble the article into the proper sequence, using signal words to help guide them.
  • Circulate throughout the room to assist students and check for understanding.
  • Share work when complete.
  • Have students use highlighters to find signal words. Create a class list of words on chart paper.


  • Direct students to write their own sequence of events article. They may work in the same partner pairs or individually.
  • Explore other types of transition words, such as additive or adverse. Compare and contrast usage.
  • Investigate other nonfiction text structures, such as problem/solution or compare/contrast.

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