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Narrative Paragraphs Sequencing Activity


6 jumbled narrative paragraphs for students to sequence in the correct order.

Use this sequencing activity when teaching narrative writing to your students.

Cut out and laminate the sentences for each of the six paragraphs. Each paragraph contains five sentences.

In small groups, allow students to work together to correctly sequence the narrative paragraphs. A card showing the correct sequence for each paragraph is provided.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.C
Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.C
Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.C
Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.C
Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.


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  • It would be great if the sentences were jumbled up on the activity sheet. They are in order. So I asked my groups to cut them up and they worked out quite quickly they were in the correct order before they cut them.

    Comment by Chantal Sigg on April 11, 2018 at 10:12 am

    • Hi Chantal,
      Thanks for your suggestion. I can see that you have already completed the activity with your students, would you still like a version sent to you with the sentences jumbled? In future this is something we will consider with other resources and thank you for your input.
      If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Official comment by Kristian on April 17, 2018 at 10:17 am

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