Chronological Pattern

The chronological language pattern uses text that follows a time sequence. Sometimes you will see the signal words, first, second, third. Sometimes you don’t. One of the books I like to share that has the chronological pattern is Peanut Butter and Jelly.

In Peanut Butter and Jelly the sequence is that of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The repetitive pattern and the rhyme-rhythm pattern are also used in the text.

The book starts out with, Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly. First you take the dough and you knead it, knead it. Then again, peanut butter peanut butter jelly jelly.

Pop it in the oven and bake it bake it, Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly.

Quickly the child is going to be reading the Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly, whether or not he can decode the words, he’s reading.

Remember the beauty of using literary patterns is that the repetition helps children predict, and the predicting helps them read.

Then you take a knife and slice it, slice it, Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly.

This book is fun to do with children because you can do a hand chant along with saying, Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly. Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly.

I remember doing this with my sons. You get to where you have the lines memorized. You know the sequence and you are doing the Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly. Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Jelly Jelly.

Peanut Butter and Jelly is one example of a children's picture book that uses the chronological language pattern.

Here is another one, Chocolate Chip Cookies. This pattern book is similar to reading science experiments or recipes, because of the sequence children can follow.

Chocolate Chip Cookies is also good because of the verbs. It says, Ready. Measure. Sift. Crème. Crack. Beat. Stir. The sequence of what they are doing to make the chocolate chip cookies is described by action verbs, and of course, the last verb in the best in the sequence. Taste.

Another book is Pumpkin Pumpkin. Pumpkin Pumpkin follows the chronological language pattern using the structure of a story. Every story has a beginning and an end. A story is made up of a sequence of events.

The book, Pumpkin Pumpkin has an order of events. First, second, third, which describes what happens in the story. Pumpkin Pumpkin starts out with a boy who plants a pumpkin seed. And the pumpkin seed grew into a pumpkin sprout. And the pumpkin plant grew a pumpkin flower. And the pumpkin flower grew a pumpkin. The growth of a pumpkin from a seed depicts the chronological language pattern that takes place in the story.

These three books, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Pumpkin Pumpkin are three of the many examples of children's picture books that use the chronological language pattern.

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