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Sequence in literature


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An elementary school lesson on sequencing events in a short story

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Sequence in literature

  1. 1. SEQUENCE IN LITERATURE Carrie Sinone 4th grade Literary Elements Lesson
  2. 2. WHAT IS SEQUENCE?  Sequence is the order of events in a story  The order may be easy to follow (explicit) if the author uses words like first, last, or next.  Sometimes the sequence of a story jumps all over the place making it harder to follow.
  3. 3. HOWCANIDETERMINETHE SEQUENCE?  Look for key words. Some examples are: first, next, last, finally, in conclusion, before, after  Use a graphic organizer to help organize events if the author is jumping around.
  4. 4. LET’STRYIT! Read the story and fill in the parts of the Story Mountain. Check your work on the next slide.  Two frogs had lived in a village all their lives. they thought they would like to go and see the big city that was about ten miles away. They talked about it for a long time, and at last they set off to see the city. It was a hot day, and they soon began to feel tired. They had only gone a little way when one said to the other, "We must be nearly there. Can you see the city?" "No," said the other frog; "but if I climb on your back I might be able to see it." So he climbed up on the back of the other frog to see the city. Now when the frog put up his head, his eyes could only see what was behind, and not what was in front. So he saw the village they had just left. "Can you see the city?", asked the frog who was below. "Yes," answered the frog who had climbed up. " I can see it. It looks just like our village." Then the frogs thought that it was not worthwhile going any farther. They went back and told the frogs round the village that they had seen the city, and it was just like theirs.
  5. 5. CHECK YOUR WORK! Two Frogs Two frogs lived in a village all their lives and want to go to the city. The decided to take a trip to the city but it was hot One frog jumped on the others back to get a better view The top frog looked backwards instead of forwards and said the city looked just like the village They decided to head back the way they came They told everyone the city was no different than the village