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Lesson Plans
Story Sequencing and Writing
1st–2nd Grade

CCSS Language: Writing
  • W.1.3: Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
  • W.2.3: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Materials Needed


Write the words first, then, next and last on chart paper. Point out to the class that these are words that writers often use to indicate the order, or sequence, of events in a story. Within the story, writers will then elaborate on the actions, feelings or thoughts of the characters and provide details about the events.


  1. Give each student the Story Sequencing graphic organizer, the “Making a Valentine” storytelling picture cards and scissors.
  2. Have students cut apart the picture cards.
  3. Then ask students to place the picture cards in the order they wish to tell the story on their graphic organizer. Encourage them to consider whether their sequence tells a story from beginning to end.
  4. When students complete the activity, invite volunteers to share how they sequenced the pictures.

Guided Practice

  1. Tell students to look at the picture cards and describe what is happening in each picture.
  2. As students describe the pictures, encourage them to use temporal words to signal event order and add details about what the characters may be doing, thinking or feeling.
  3. Write down students’ story suggestions on chart paper and demonstrate how to create a story from beginning to end.

Independent Practice

  1. Tell students you would like them to practice sequencing events and writing a story.
  2. Allow students to choose the “Valentine’s Day” or “Winter Fun” storytelling picture cards and cut them apart.
  3. Encourage students to place the picture cards in their desired story order on their graphic organizer.
  4. Have students use the pictures to write a story with a logical sequence.
  5. Invite volunteers to read their stories aloud to the class.

View the 1st–2nd grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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