Sequence of Events

Readers must be able to identify a text’s sequence, or the order in which things happen. Often, when the sequence is very important to the author, the text is indicated with signal words like ‘first’, ‘then’, ‘next’, and ‘last’. However, a sequence might be merely implied and must be noted by the reader. Consider the following: “Emily ran home with the eggs. Her mother was angry that the eggs were broken.” It does not say how or when she broke the eggs, or even if she was the one that broke them, but the implied part of the sequence suggests that the eggs were broken on Emily’s run home.


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