Sequence Chains help students comprehend text by identifying key elements before, during, and after reading. They note key characters, setting, and events. A graphic organizer will keep students organized by using the same process regardless of the type of reading assigned. Sequence Chains are not simply for recreating the order of events, but also for reviewing how thinking develops, actions unfold, and processes that occur in any situation. This strategy is useful in reading, solving problems, experimenting, and creating.
- Provide simple instructions and a model before having students work. Students might fully understand what a sequence is, but may need guidance on how many steps to include, which steps to take and how much detail is needed to reach understanding.
- Practice with several sequence graphic organizers before selecting one for students.
- For the introductory model, fill in some of the steps of the sequence, especially the beginning and end.
- Students may see a more effective way to illustrate the relationships or effects of events in the sequence. Allow flexibility if they redesign the graphic organizer you select.
- Graphic organizers are available on the web, and the references in this teacher move point to several downloadable examples. Begin with a simple example and branch out as students see nuances of the particular situation being sequenced.
- Focus on key steps so that students do not get wrapped up in trivial details.
- Use manipulatives for work with numerous steps so students can make adjustments/corrections as they determine the correct sequence.