Describe the Recipe! Sequence Writing Exercise (Summer Project) 6/14

Select a video from the list on the right, and choose a recipe to write a paragraph about. Be sure to include all the steps of the recipe. You may want to take notes as you play the video, so feel free to pause the video or rewind if you miss a step. Also, be sure to include sequence words such as: First, Second, Third, Then, Next, After That, Finally, Lastly, and similar words. Your paragraph should tell the story of how the recipe is made from beginning to end.

If you do not want to watch one of the videos, then write a paragraph describing the steps to another recipe that you find on the internet, in a cookbook, or one you know well already.




  • In its simplest terms, identifying sequence in a text involves identifying the beginning, the middle, and the end.

  • One of the easiest ways to recognize the order of events is to look out for the sequencing words or transitions that are used to connect the various parts of the text.

  • Some of these words and phrases also act as signals to provide an indication of whether the event will be located in the beginning, in the middle, or toward the end of the text’s chronology.

  • There are a wide variety of ‘signal words’ and the following represent just a few of the most common, as well as where they are most likely to occur.


●     Once upon a time / Once there was

●     In the beginning

●     First of all


●     Meanwhile

●     After that

●     Suddenly


●     In the end

●     Finally

●     After all

For more complex narratives and technical nonfiction genres that comprise more moving parts, other techniques need to be employed."