Lesson: Sequence and "Hints"

2 Favorites

Lesson Objective

Students use “hints” in the text to reconstruct the chronology of a story that involves non-sequential scenes

Lesson Plan

 Lesson Name: Sequence and “Hints”            Course: High School Language Arts by Anke al-Bataineh


Objective:   Students use “hints” in the text to reconstruct the chronology of a story that involves non-sequential scenes


Essential Questions:            (write on board)

How can we know what happened when in a story?

Why does it matter when each event happened?

Are there clues in the Westing Game that happened in the past?



Materials:            Sequence story cut-outs

Sequence map printouts (low-tech option)

Sequence map overheads (low tech option)

Computers for students (high-tech option)

Projection of Microsoft Word (high-tech option)



Anticipatory Set:         (10 min)

Define sequence as “the order in which things take place.” If this is new for students, have them complete a Vocabulary Builder for it.


Ask students to think of words that occur in writing that tell us the real order of events. Record their brainstorm on the board. (i.e. after, then, a while later, in the meantime…)

 HIGH-TECH OPTION FOR THIS LESSON: project the Microsoft Word template and model how to enter in info while instructing. Have students use computers to complete their own sequence maps. You will have to send them the template. 

Input:         (20 min)

Distribute copies of Snake Walk.

Project the Sequence Map overhead

Allow students to read the story through once silently. Then read aloud and stop to make notes.

Track main events on the left side, then discuss with students how to reorder them into chronological order.


Guided Practice:         (15 min)

Distribute copies of the Sequence Map to partners. Provide them with cut out strips of the events from “Scapegoat.” In partners, ask students to unscramble the events and lay them out in chronological order.


Independent Work:         (10 min)

Give students another copy of the Sequence Map to keep in their binders. Ask them to begin entering events that have occurred in the Westing Game. Ask them to refrain from establishing chronological order until we have more information.


Conclusion/Assessment:         (5 min)

In The Westing Game, what order did these events occur? You may look at Chapters 3 & 4 to remember.

· Turtle Wexler sneaks into the Westing mansion

· Chris Theodorakis visits the Westing mansion

· Doug Hoo makes a bet with Turtle that she can not stand to go to the mansion





Vocab to Watch Out For:



Lesson Reflection:

What went well?

What would you change?

What needs explanation?

Kids felt challenged by deciphering sequence, but learned the words and understood the goal.  

For some groups, the snake story may be too intense or complicated. Just the strips of the other story might work better for them.

The Westing Game is very, very complex and the true sequence of events is not revealed until the mystery is solved. Do not write anything in stone until the end, because there are key events passing by undetected all the time. You could ask for a very complete, accurate sequence map as a final project, but it might take out some of the fun of the story by eliminating residual confusion.



Lesson Resources

Snake Walk by Ajay Vishwanathan  
Sequence Map  
sequence hints  
Sequence Maptemplate   Smart Board


Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload