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Event Arrangement

The teacher selects the main events that occur in the story. The number of main events will depend on the ages and abilities of the students. The following example would be appropriate for most lower elementary students:

Strategy Steps:

  1. Write each main event on a card.
  2. Present the cards to the students in mixed order.
  3. Teacher and students read and discuss the sentences on the cards.
  4. The students may work as a group or with partners (each set of partners needs a set of sentence cards).
  5. The students arrange the cards in the order in which they predict the events will occur in the story. Partners/group members must agree on the order of events.
  6. After reading the story, the children compare their prediction of the order of events with the actual sequence in the story.
  7. Teacher and class discuss clues that help determine sequence.