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Activity Overview

Creating a timeline allows students to better understand the sequence of events during a period of history, and can help them see how events affect others. A research poster is a chance for students to conduct research, sort their facts in chronological order, display their findings in a decorative and impressive poster as well as present their work to the class in an oral presentation. In this activity, students will research the life of Julius Caesar or another important figure from ancient Rome. They should include details of their life in chronological order, including any important historical events that occurred during their life.

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Objective: Create a timeline of the life of Julius Caesar or another important figure from Ancient Rome!

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Using school resources conduct research about your person finding out important events from their life including: birth, death and at least 5 accomplishments.
  3. Using the template provided, write your person's name at the top.
  4. In each section of the timeline write a title that includes a brief description of the event and the date it occurred. Make sure each event is in chronological order!
  5. For each event add an illustration that includes an appropriate scene, character(s), items, or animals.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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