Chain Link Story for Younger Writers
Set out one piece of bread, a jar of peanut butter with a knife, a squeeze jar
of jelly, another piece of bread with a knife, and an empty plate. Now make a
peanut butter and jelly sandwich, moving down the line of items in order as you
add ingredients and finally cut your sandwich in half and place it on a plate.
That's called a "sequence," and it's what we're studying today. Wash down your
sequence snack with a tall glass of milk!
Rectangular strips of
scratch paper, cut in strips
OR if you have
cut one strip in
green, at least three strips in yellow, and one strip in red
Pen, Sharpie or pencil
| Glue, tape or stapler
This young child's dictated story
starts "Once upon a time there was a puppy who wandered away from home and got
lost" on the green link . . . in the yellow links, monsters come,
but the puppy made friends with a
bunny who led him home through a series
of tunnels and a hole in the puppy's backyard that he didn't
even know was there . . . in the final red link, the puppy and bunny visited
each other through the hole and tunnels and lived happily ever after.
a good idea to write in sequence (SEE-kwens). That means you write things in
order. Writing in sequence makes sense. One sentence follows another in a
logical connection that makes it easy to understand.
but not always, things happen in a story by "time sequence" - first things
first, middle things in the middle, and last things last. That's an easy
sequence to follow, especially for young readers and writers.
When we say that we can "follow" a piece of writing, it's
because it is written in good sequence - orderly, and correctly. It shows that you
cared about the reader, and wanted him or her to get your message and the point
of your writing. It's great when a writer tells a story in sequence -- making
your writing clear, sensible, and easy to understand. And that's GOOD!
There are many ways to teach a young child how to write
in sequence. Once simple way is to cut strips of paper, and write (or have the
child dictate to you) a story with each part recorded in a few words or a
sentence on a separate strip.
to have one strip for a beginning, one strip for an ending, and then perhaps three
strips for the middle for the action and details of the story.
make your Chain Link Story! First, form a circle out of the strip that the
child thinks should come first in the story. Use glue, tape or a stapler to
form the strip into a circle.
the child should decide what part of the story comes next. Form a link with it
through the first circle, securing the second circle with more glue, tape or a
going until the story is complete. If your child decides to add or subtract a
part, it's easy enough to "break" the link and add or subtract a sentence.
the sequence shows what happened first, then second, then third, and so on, if
you are describing events. That's called "chronological order"
(kron-oh-LOJ-i-kal), or order based on time.
you are giving instructions, such as in a recipe or telling someone how to get
to your house, write what to do first, second, third, and so on, up to the last
write in sequence when you are explaining how to play your favorite video game,
or reporting the plot of a movie, or showing how to fix a bike, step by step.
So it's really an important writing skill.
A Chain Link Story is fun to re-tell, using the links as