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Reading Chronological Order Practice (page 2)

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Practice Passage 3

Read the following paragraph, which describes a local community event.

The International Dinner raised $15,000 to renovate the Berkshire Park Community Center. Three hundred and fifty people attended the dinner, which was held in the ballroom of a local hotel. Tickets were sold in advance for $50 each. The attendees left the event feeling very good about their community. The Berkshire Park Community Center was damaged in a fire six months ago. An energetic committee of eight community members came up with the idea of the International Dinner to raise funds to repair the damages. The plan was to celebrate the diversity of the Berkshire Park Neighborhood Association by serving ethnic food that represents the various cultures in the neighborhood. The committee also organized a silent auction with prizes donated by local businesses to take place during the dinner. The committee chairperson talked to a local newspaper reporter at the dinner and stated that the goal was to raise $10,000. A follow-up letter to community members thanked everyone for the huge success of the fundraiser and outlined a schedule for the renovation.

Notice that this paragraph is not arranged in chronological order. Take the ten different events that make up the story and rearrange them so that they are in chronological order.

Here's the order of events as they are presented in the story.

  • The International Dinner raised $15,000 to renovate the Berkshire Park Community Center.
  • Three hundred and fifty people attended the dinner.
  • Tickets were sold for $50 each.
  • The attendees left the event feeling very good about their community.
  • The Community Center was damaged in a fire six months ago.
  • A committee of eight community members came up with the idea of the International Dinner to raise funds for repairs.
  • The plan was to serve foods that represent the various cultures in the neighborhood.
  • The committee organized a silent auction to take place during the dinner.
  • The chairperson talked to a local newspaper reporter, stating that the goal was to raise $10,000.
  • A letter to community members thanked everyone and outlined the schedule for renovation.

Next, put the events in chronological order.

  1.  
  2.  
  3.  
  4.  
  5.  
  6.  
  7.  
  8.  
  9.  
  10.  

Now, take these chronologically ordered events and make them into a cohesive paragraph. To do this, you need to add transitional words and phrases. Here is a list of transitional words and phrases often used in chronologically organized passages:

first soon
second after
third before
next during
now while
then meanwhile
when in the meantime
as soon as at last
immediately eventually
suddenly finally

Write your paragraph, putting the events in chronological order with transitional phrases, below or on a separate piece of paper.

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