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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Template and Class Instructions

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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.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Poster Rubric
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Written Work
If there is writing, it is clear and uses complete sentences.
If there is writing, it is somewhat clear and uses some complete sentences.
If there is writing, it is incomplete and unclear.
The illustrations represent the assignment using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the assignment, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the assignment.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

How To Conduct Research on Ancient Rome


Set Specific Goals

Help the students select a specific aspect of ancient Rome, such as its administration, way of life, or famous individuals. Discuss how focusing more specifically will make their study easier to handle. If students are selecting a famous individual, they can narrow it down further to their personal life, political stance, etc.


Acquire Background Information

Encourage your students to begin by learning about Ancient Rome from general sources such as books or websites. Talk about how this stage enables children to recognize key topics and areas of interest. Students can also start by looking at some cultural and historical context from Ancient Rome so they can better understand the actions of individuals.


Look at Credible Sources

Introduce dependable sources to students, such as books, scholarly papers, and reputable websites. Describe the significance of utilizing reliable sources for thorough research. Ask the students to also note down the sources from where they are gathering the data.


Explore Primary Sources

Bring up primary sources like historic texts, inscriptions, and relics with the students. Describe how these original materials offer special insights into Ancient Rome. For this purpose, teachers can arrange a visit to any nearby museums that display such inscriptions.


Synthesize and Put together

Instruct the students to take structured notes and organize material according to the topic. Describe how this stage creates the framework for a well-organized and informed research study.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancient Roman Timeline Biography

How can I pick the ideal historical person from Ancient Rome for a biography?

Pick a person who made a major contribution to Roman culture, politics, or society. Depending on your field of interest, think of people like Julius Caesar, Augustus, Cicero, Cleopatra, or Nero. Teachers can provide students with summaries and backgrounds of some important figures and students can choose the one they are most curious about.

What key elements make up a biography of the Ancient Romans?

A biography's chronological line should highlight significant moments, occurrences, and accomplishments of the subject. Dates of birth and death, famous feats, important wars, significant political or diplomatic decisions, and any significant contributions to philosophy, literature, or art might all be included in this list.

Is it possible to incorporate social and cultural background in the timeline biography?

Absolutely, readers are better able to comprehend the figure's general setting when social and cultural context is included. You can discuss important elements of Roman politics, culture, and society that had an impact on the person's life and deeds.

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