Creating a timeline of a historical event, even one that is still so recent, can be helpful for students as they learn how current events impact their day to day life. In this activity, students will create a timeline of at least 5 events during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can use school resources to research the different events and select the ones they deem most important. For example, the first known cases, when their school first went into lockdown, the development of the vaccine, etc. This example begins on December 31, 2019 with the first known detected case worldwide, but then focuses on the outbreak in the United States up through February 9th, 2021. Depending on when students are beginning this project, there may be many more events that they can include.
For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options and adjust the instructions accordingly.
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Objective: Demonstrate your knowledge of Covid 19 Pandemic in the United States by creating a timeline of major events.
Requirements: Choose 5 or more major events in the Covid-19 pandemic. Add a description of the event in the description box and add an illustration with appropriate scenes, characters, symbols, or items.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.