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Timeline

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Timeline

Grades K – 12
Interactive Type Organizing & Summarizing
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing.

Add, drag, and rearrange items as needed. Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions, and they can share their final work via e-mail.

For additional ideas on how to use this tool outside of the classroom, see Timeline in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section.

 

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs

Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students’ own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Writing and Assessing an Autobiographical Incident

Students build upon their knowledge of biographies to write their own autobiographical incident. After going through a process of revision, they use a rubric to assess their work.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Biographies: Creating Timelines of a Life

In this lesson students explore a number of sources to create a biographical timeline about a selected person. Students collaboratively research and resolve conflicting information they find during their investigation.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Writing a Flashback and Flash-Forward Story Using Movies and Texts as Models

Using the film The Sandlot, students are introduced to the literary devices of flashbacks and flash-forwards. They then write their own stories using those devices.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative

The old cliche, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is put to the test when students write their own narrative interpretations of events shown in an image.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus

Students explore multiple online sources to gather information about the life of Christopher Columbus, complete a cyber scavenger hunt, and use their notes to prepare a timeline and summary report.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Thundering Tall Tales: Using Read-Aloud as a Springboard to Writing

Imagination and application are key to this tall tale lesson in which students take what they know about tall tales to spin a yarn of their own.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Voting! What’s It All About?

Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading

This lesson pairs the reading of historical fiction with nonfiction to introduce students to the large themes of history.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Discovering Memory: Li-Young Lee’s Poem “Mnemonic” and the Brain

Students learn about memory by doing a memory-writing exercise, studying the brain to understand how it affects memory, reading Li-Young Lee’s poem “Mnemonic,” and creating projects to demonstrate their understanding.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads

Students investigate how and why copyright law has changed over time, and apply this information to recent copyright issues, creating persuasive arguments based on the perspective of a particular group.

 

Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Beyond History Books: Researching With Twin Texts and Technology

Students in grades 4–8 activate prior knowledge and research information about a historic event through fiction and nonfiction literature and exploration of relevant websites.

 

Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.

 

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Timeline

Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line, organized by time of day, date, or event and labeled with short or long descriptive text. Addition of an image makes a timeline more visually appealing.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4

Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.

Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Narrative Pyramid

After students read a short story or chapter of a novel, they can use the Narrative Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details.