Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Writing in Sequence, and supports the standard of writing with clear event sequences and a logical flow of ideas. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to state a clear sequence of events. Ask:

  • What are the steps for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Writing in Sequence topic page
  • Play the Movie, activating the Pause Points to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Arts and Entertainment” or “Careers.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about writing in sequence while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that responds to this prompt: Describe the events of your school day using transition words to connect ideas. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Identify the steps to doing a dance, playing a game, or cooking a recipe. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a comic that includes an action sequence with at least two steps. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details) 

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students edit a digital newspaper in the learning game After the Storm, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Writing in Sequence Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of writing types and processes with these topics: Types of Writing, Writing Process, and Five-Paragraph Essay.

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