Sequence and Summary in Long Passages

Contributor: Jessica Buch. Lesson ID: 10171

Did you know the entire city of Chicago burned down many years ago? Learn about the fire and its aftermath, and how to sequence and summarize a story with charts, timelines, and your amazing brain!



learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Did you know that, many years ago, the entire city of Chicago burned down?
  • Wouldn't you like to learn more about what happened during and after the fire?

Chicago in Flames, 1871

Image by Currier and Ives courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society, via Wikimedia Commons, is in the public domain.

In this lesson, you will read about the Great Chicago Fire and how taking notes of the sequence of events can help you understand, summarize, and tell stories!

  • Can you imagine what it would be like if your entire city or town caught fire?

This happened many years ago in the city of Chicago! There are many theories, or ideas, of how the fire started. The passage you will read today describes what happened after the fire.

When we read a story, usually there is an order to the events that happen in the story. We call the order of events a sequence.

A sequence helps us connect the order of the events and summarize, or retell, the story. It's a great way to remember the details of a story, too!

Let's think about a sequence in your life. For example, in the morning, you probably wake up, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, then continue on your day. Doing things in a specific order is called a sequence.

  • Are you ready to look at the passage?

Let's dive in to the Got It? section!

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