Reading a Timeline

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Sometimes the most important details of an informational text aren't within the text at all. Teach your class how to read timeline with a set of activities that prompts them to find specific dates and events on the timelines, as well as additional analytical questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the relevant timelines with your social studies curriculum, or bring them to a lesson about reading informational text
  • Divide the class into 10 small groups. Give each of them a different timeline to study and present to the rest of the class
  • Encourage learners to create a timeline from another event from history that wasn't covered in the resource
  • Lead your class in an autobiography project, prompting them to formulate a timeline about their own lives
Classroom Considerations
  • Timelines are in color, and printing in black and white may affect understanding
  • Provides a space to write the answers on the side of the page, but the last two questions for each page need to be written on the line within the question
  • Print all 10 versions or choose your favorites and print by page
  • Covers a wide variety of topics from social studies, including the Civil Rights Movement, World War II, Lewis and Clark, Amelia Earhart, space exploration in the 20th century, modes of transportation, the life of Abraham Lincoln, the voyages of Christopher Columbus, and the history of Video Games
  • Encourages critical reading and analysis skills
  • Great for both independent and collaborative work
  • Skills are applicable to any subject or discipline
  • All 10 versions come with an answer key
  • None
Common Core