Lesson plan

A Special Occasion

Everyone has experienced special occasions in their lives! Get your students excited to write about a special occasion they have experienced in this fun lesson plan.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to generate, gather, and organize ideas and information for an intended purpose and audience.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that today they are going to be talking about special occasions.
  • Raise a discussion on special occasions. Potential questions include: "What is a special occasion that has happened lately? Why was it being celebrated? How was it celebrated?"
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that stories have a beginning, middle, and end. Explain that sequencing a story means putting it in order.
  • Ask your students to come up with their favorite stories.
  • Pick one story to use as an example, and have the students identify the beginning, middle, and end.
  • Model how to sequence the story on the board.
  • Ask students for suggestions as you manipulate the sequence.
(10 minutes)
  • Give out the Sequencing Your Day worksheet for students to complete.
  • After the worksheet has been completed, help your students come up with special occasions to write about.
(25 minutes)
  • Instruct your students to begin writing about the special occasion, paying attention to the beginning, middle, and end.
  • Hand students five or six index cards, and instruct them to illustrate their stories.


  • Ask your students to write an imaginative story that is not real! Have them be creative with a story with a beginning, middle, and end.


  • Have your students illustrate their stories before writing.
(5 minutes)
  • Make sure that your students' stories have a beginning, middle, and an end.
  • Ensure that your students can answer the 5 W's about their stories.
(10 minutes)
  • Wrap up the lesson by reminding the students that they always need to have a beginning, middle, and end in proper sequence when writing a story.
  • Ask for volunteers to share their stories.

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