How the Order of Events Matters in a Story
The plot is mainly the process that the writer uses to unfold a story. It isn't the chronology of the events. Chronology - The chronology is basically how the story unfolds in their chronological order. It is the way the scenes would occur if they were by some means real occurrences The chronology is almost always linear, which means that one occurrence happens after another. Plot - A plot is a fictional counter-part to the chronology of the scenarios that are happening. Some writers tend to use the linear way, the way that faithfully follows the courses of events. This does not tend to work or help build some sort of tension, drama, or suspense in the story. The most effective way to use plots in a story is by having the main scene occur with some secondary scenes happening and being shown simultaneously, which also helps support the intensity of the scene without breaking the focus and interest of the audience.
Read the story. Then put the events in order from 1 to 5.
Read each sentence. Draw a line to the matching picture. Then number the events in order from 1 to 7.
Sammy the squirrel likes to have clean teeth. Every evening, he finds a house he can sneak into. Once inside, he goes into the bathroom. He chooses a toothbrush and put toothpaste on it.
For each pair of pictures, decide which comes first (F) and which comes next (N).
Retell the Story
An organizer to help you retell the four main parts of any story, in order.
Roger the rooster has one job on the farm: to wake everyone up in the morning. At the first morning light, Roger wakes up. He struts across the barnyard. He half jumps and half flies up onto a fence post.
Tell the Story
For each picture, number the sentences 1 - 2 - 3 so that they tell a story.
Cut and Paste Into Order
Put the events of the story into the correct order.
Late for School
Michael overslept. The bus would be here in five minutes! He pulled on his clothes. He grabbed a banana for breakfast on his way out the door. He hurried down the street.
Order Your Life Events
These are a series of events that take place in just about everyone's life.
Read the sentences. Write numbers 1 through 7 on the lines to put them in the correct order.
Draw and describe the major events of a typical day for you in the order that they happen.
The Big Race
Some of the other boys always teased Tony because he was small. "You may not be able to do anything about your size," his father told him, "but your size won't stop you from doing most things you want to do."
Put them all in order now.