Narrative Writing tells a story about an event. Linking and signal words make the order of events clear.


Signal Words and Phrases
first last prior
second since yesterday
third next last year
then now today
before finally in the future
after


Signal words signal that the text is organized in time order. It also prepares you to look for the next sequence. They often link events in a sequence. We can better understand what happens from one event to the next when we follow these signals.

These words help to identify the next most important event in the story.

Events: important things that happen in a text.

Sequence: the order in which events happen