When studying a historical event or events, it's helpful for students to put them in sequence in order to understand how one event led to another. Using a timeline, students will be able to create a visual of the sequence of events that led up to the American Revolution. They can also analyze and explain the actions taken by the British and the actions the colonists took in response to British policy.
For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. Depending on the amount of events you'd like students to include, they may work together to create different parts of the overall timeline and display their posters afterward. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options, and update the instructions accordingly.
Analyze the Bill of Rights listed in the United States Constitution. In a T Chart, have students draw connections between acts and actions taken by the British and how they are reflected in the Bill of Rights that we still have today.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Timelines
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Create a timeline that illustrates the major events leading up to the American Revolution
(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.
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