Grade 3 Writing - Event Ordering
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Grade 3 Writing - Event Ordering

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Temporal words are words that signal the order in which an event occurs. Some of these words include before, earlier, at first, and suddenly. Not only do these words show order, but they also allow the writing to flow more smoothly. Students should practice using these words in both speaking and writing. In this quiz, the students will determine which temporal word or phrase best makes sense in the story.

Story 1 - Sarah

_____(1)____, Sarah’s mom tells her daughter that she has a list of things to do today. _____(2)____, Sarah begins to start her list of things by going to the store. _____(3)____, Sarah drives to the post office. She has a package to mail. _____(4)____, Sarah arrives at the grocery store. It is Sarah’s turn to cook dinner for the family. She buys everything she needs for the meal. _____(5)____, Sarah returns home to prepare the meal.

Story 2 - Bank Robbers

_____(6)____, the bank was robbed by two armed men. _____(7)____, two detectives are asking questions to the people who were in the bank. _____(8)____, the bank workers had seen two men looking around the bank, but they didn’t think it was a big deal. _____(9)____, a worker remembered there is a camera. They have a tape with the faces of the robbers on it. _____(10)____, the bank makes sure that the camera always works.
1.
Read Story 1 - Sarah.
What temporal word or phrase should complete the first sentence?
Finally
From then on
At first
After that
This temporal phrase lets you know that this is the first event in the story.
2.
Read Story 1 - Sarah.
What temporal word or phrase should complete the second sentence?
Then
Finally
Suddenly
Before
This is the next event in the story, so "then" should be used.
3.
Read Story 1 - Sarah.
What temporal word or phrase should complete the third sentence?
Yesterday
At first
Earlier
Next
This is the next event in the story, so "next" should be the word in the blank.
4.
Read Story 1 - Sarah.
What temporal word or phrase should complete the fourth sentence?
Before
After that
Earlier
Suddenly
This event occurs next, so "after that" is a good temporal phrase to use in this sentence.
5.
Read Story 1 - Sarah.
What temporal word or phrase should complete the fifth sentence?
Finally
Tomorrow
Yesterday
Before
This is the last event in the story, so "finally" is a good temporal word to use.
6.
Read Story 2 - Bank Robbers
What temporal word or phrase should complete the sixth sentence?
From then on
After that
Tomorrow
Yesterday
This temporal word makes the most sense.
7.
Read Story 2 - Bank Robbers
What temporal word or phrase should complete the seventh sentence?
Suddenly
Now
Tomorrow
Finally
This would be an event that is happening now.
8.
Read Story 2 - Bank Robbers
What temporal word or phrase should complete the eighth sentence?
Finally
From then on
Tomorrow
Earlier
This event took place before the beginning of the story.
9.
Read Story 2 - Bank Robbers
What temporal word or phrase should complete the ninth sentence?
Finally
Suddenly
From then on
Yesterday
This would be an event that happened quickly.
10.
Read Story 2 - Bank Robbers
What temporal word or phrase should complete the tenth sentence?
From then on
Tomorrow
Next
Then
Since an important event occurred, then "from then on" should be used in this blank.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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