Activity Overview

A helpful way for students to organize their facts about Canadian History is in a timeline. This example highlights a few of the important dates from the arrival of humans in North America up until about 1783, when the Treaty of Paris is signed. In this activity, students will create a timeline of 5-10 events in Canadian history.

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.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a timeline in chronological order with accurate dates, descriptions. and illustrations for 5-10 important events relating to Canadian history.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Choose 5-10 important events related to Canadian history.
  3. In the timeline template, click on “Timeline Dates”, and write the dates of each milestone in the date cells in chronological order. Then click “update timeline”.
  4. For each cell, list a title and write a 1-3 sentence description for each event.
  5. Create an illustration that represents each event using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save often!

Requirements: 5-10 events listed with correct dates, 1-3 sentence description and appropriate illustration.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Timelines

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.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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