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  To understand what you read,
  it's important to pay attention to
  the
order in which things
  happen.

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  When reading a textbook, this might mean paying close attention to dates, in order to understand the order when events happened.

  You can also look for "signal" words that will help you put events in order.

"Signal" words that can help you in ordering events are:

first, then, next, after that, finally, while, soon

 


  Read this story. 
      Then he went downstairs to eat breakfast. 
  After that, he packed his lunch.  First, he got
  dressed and brushed his teeth.  Marty got up early
  to get ready for school.  Finally, he went outside
  to wait for the bus.  While he ate, he studied his
  spelling words for the spelling test he would take
  at school. 

 

  This story is difficult to understand because
  it's not in order.

                  Try reading it this way.           boy reading

     Marty got up early to get ready for school. First, he got dressed and brushed his teeth. Then he went downstairs to eat breakfast. While he ate, he studied his spelling words for the spelling test he
would take at school.  After that, he packed his lunch.  Finally, he went outside to wait for the bus.

 


                       Isn't this easier to understand?

 


     Understanding the order of events  can also help
    you when reading information in text books.

  *
Think about the order of the events when
           reading this article about the Declaration of
           Independence.   

                                                                     


               
On July 4, 1776, the Continental 
  Congress approved the Declaration of
  Independence. 
Later, people in New York City
  heard about the Declaration when George
  Washington brought it to his troops. 
Then, when
  they heard the news, New Yorkers tore down a
  statue of King George III. 
After that
, the statue
  was melted down and made into bullets. These
  were used to shoot at the British troops.

 

        
             What were the events in the 
             article?     
                                                                                     
    1st event   The Continental Congress approved the Declaration of
  Independence.
    2nd event   People in New York heard the news.
    3rd event   The statue of King George was torn down.
    4th event   The statue was made into bullets.


 
   Thinking about the order of events will help you
        understand and remember what you have read.
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