In this lesson, students illustrate sequential events in a story or in history.
history, literature, sequencing, sequence, events, order
The idea behind this lesson is a simple one. Students will illustrate a handful of events from a story, a piece of literature, or period in history. The explanation immediately below provides one way to introduce and carry out this lesson as well as several alternatives/adaptations that might be used to vary the lesson for different ages and subjects.
Choose a short story to read aloud to your students. In advance of the reading,
If you are the world's worst drawer, you might simply use five cards; write on each card a statement about a key event from the story.
Read aloud the story. Then share the five illustrations you have drawn, in random order (not in sequence). Read the statement on each illustration as you show it to students. Tape the illustrations on a board, or tack them to a bulletin board. Next to each illustration tack one of the letter squares you created. Have students write the order of the letters so that the pictures tell the events of the story in the correct sequence. For example, the pictures might tell the story in this order: d b e a c
Now that you have introduced the idea behind the activity, it's the students' turn! Choose grade appropriate stories for students to read. Then use or adapt one of the three lesson ideas below:
Have students arrange each row of pictures to reflect the correct sequence of events from the story. They should write the order of the pictures for each row. For example, the correct sequence for the first row of pictures might be b d a e c; the correct sequence for the second row might be c b a e d; and so on...
Now that students have had plenty of practice, create another set of illustrations/statement cards for a separate short story. After reading aloud the short story (or letting students read it to themselves), have students arrange the illustrations in the correct sequence. Did they do it correctly?
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
SOCIAL SCIENCES: World History
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