Prior to the lesson, a teacher should correct pair up students within their own novel group. These partnerships will change for each week.

Group Size: Any

Learning Objectives:

Students will correctly identify the main events of a novel.

Students will place events in sequential order.


1. Setting Sequencing Straight for each student

2. Blank paper for each student

3. Revolutionary War novel study packets for each student

4. Revolutionary War novel for each student


1. Pass out a Setting Sequencing Straight sheet for each student.

2. Have students take our their Revolutionary War novel study packet to use as a reference, as well as their text.

3. Go over the Setting Sequencing Straight Sheet with the class. Procedures below:

Think about all of the key events that have happened thus far in your novel. You are going to create a sequencing puzzle for someone in your novel group to complete. Follow the steps below for a successful sequencing activity:


  • Look back at your gists and summaries to get a better idea of the big events, rather than the small events that have occurred.
  • Pick between 7 and 10 events that have happened.
  • Write all of the events in complete sentences on a sheet of paper, but in the incorrect order.
  • Exchange your sequencing sheet with a partner you teacher has given you.
  • Rearrange your partner’s events, so they are in the correct order.
  • Hand your partner’s sequencing sheet back for them to correct your work.
4. Have students individually determine the main events of their novel and write them on a sheet of paper.

5. Put students into partnerships and exchange their main events.

6. Students should correctly put the events into sequential order.

7. When all students have completed the activity, have the partnerships exchange their completed activities and check the work.

8. Collect the sequencing sheets and review to determine what students need help with sequencing.


Collect the sequencing sheets to determine any sequencing needs.

Benchmark or Standards:

The Standards for the English Language Arts:

Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features.

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