3Good readers summarize Good readers summarize. As they read, they pause to sum up the important ideas or events.This helps them remember the information.As you read a story, note the main events.After you read, ask yourself what the main events were and in what order they occurred.
4Author’s PurposeThe author’s purpose is the reason or reasons the author has for writing.An author may write to persuade, to inform, to entertain, or to express ideas and feelings.An author may have more than one purposewithin a story. You will often beasked question about why an author includeswhat he or she does in a story.
5Sequence First Event Second Event Third Event Fourth Event Sequence means the order in which things happen.Dates, times, and clue words such as first, then, next, and last can help you understand the order of events.Sometimes two or more events happen at the same time. Words such as meanwhile and during can show this.FirstEventSecondEventThirdEventFourthEvent
6What happened before Opal found Winn-Dixie? Here is a sequence question you had on your test a few weeks ago. Notice the word before. Before is a clue word for a sequence question.What happened before Opal found Winn-Dixie?She took her dog to the library.Miss Franny told her a bear story.She moved to Naomi, Florida.She made a new friend.If you think about the order of the story, yourealize that Opal moved to Naomi beforeshe found Winn-Dixie and before the otherevents from the story took place.
7This question was a little tough because it wasn’t written down exactly in the story.You had to think about what happened atthe same time Amanda walked in.Here is a sequence question you had on your test a few weeks ago. Notice the clue phrase “at the same time.”What happened at the same time Amanda walked into the library?Winn-Dixie barked at Amanda.Amanda thought she saw a bear.Miss Franny and Opal became friends.Miss Franny began telling a story.
8first last next first next last Put the events from Lewis and Clark and Me in order.Meriwether Lewis was looking for a dog to go with him on his expedition.One of the indians called Seamen “Bear-dog.”Seamen brought the squirrels back to Lewis.firstlastnextfirstnextlast
9last next first first next last Put the events from Grandfather’s Journey in order.Grandfather explored North America by train and riverboat.Grandfather journeyed on a steamship.Grandfather left his home in Japan.lastnextfirstfirstnextlast
10He wore his clothes on the ship. Did Grandfather buy European clothes before or after he got on the steamship? How do you know?Before AfterHe wore his clothes on the ship.
11Remember that sequence is the order in which events happen.