I love that sequencing can seem like a really simple skill – just identifying the beginning, middle and end – but that it allows for a great deal of added depth: identifying the climax, the protangonist/antagonist, and other details.
It’s seeming simplicity also means my students were often surprised to discover that they didn’t always agree on what came first and second and third. I love lessons that give students a chance to form and argue an opinion, especially when there’s not just one right answer.
I used this lesson and these diagrams when I taught middle school reading. I had the Plot Curve Diagram printed on poster-size paper, and it hung on the wall of my classroom all year long.
- Students identify and defend the beginning, middle and end events in a story or article
- Fiction or nonfiction