Lesson 2 Summarize Important Events Summarize the important events of a story in sequence.
- Students can use one of the Sequence of Events Graphic Organizers to sequence important events in stories (see Additional Activities: Charts A, B, and C in Teacher and Student Materials below).
- Discuss why authors may choose to write a story with events out of sequence.
- Students can act out events from a story in sequence.
- Students can use the Sequence Chart to sequence important events from another book that has a flashback. (See Additional Activity Chart C.)
- After a read aloud session, have students write the important events of the story on separate strips of paper. They can glue the strips of paper together in sequence order to form a paper story chain. Students can also create a chain for a story with a flashback. Have students glue the strips together in the order that the events really happened.
- Students can try to include a flashback in one of their own stories. Have them share their story and explain why they included that flashback. Discuss what it had to do with the present.
- Students can write directions to play a favorite game with each step in sequence.
- Students can summarize, in writing, a story from a read aloud session or a story they have read independently. Remind students to include the most important events.
- After reading a story that includes a flashback aloud, work as a class to rewrite the story in the order that the events really happened. Students can also work independently to rewrite the story.
- Students can create a timeline of their own lives or classroom events. Then, students can retell their lives or events in order aloud.