In This Activity
This activity allows students to explore the timeline template in the Storyboard Creator that is typically used for history projects and apply it to their own life story! Students will tell their life story from birth to present using the timeline format. They will brainstorm significant events that helped to shape their lives such as the birth of a sibling, a move, a new pet, a special trip, an accomplishment in or out of school, or a new activity or venture. They can find characters that look like themselves, family members, and friends to create scenes for each event. Students can add descriptions to the bottom of each scene to further explain what happened and its significance to their lives. This activity is a fun way for students to share about themselves with their teachers and classmates while exploring the Storyboard Creator in the process!
Template and Class Instructions
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- Click “Start Assignment”.
- Think of 5-10 events that have been influential in your life such as when you were born, birth of a sibling, adoption of a pet, starting a new hobby, achieving a great accomplishment, learning a new skill, traveling to a new place, the global pandemic, etc.
- In the Timeline layout, add the dates of each of your life's events.
- Add scenes, characters, and items that clearly illustrate each event.
- In the description boxes, add 2-4 sentence descriptions for each event and why it was important in your life.
Requirements: 5-10 events with dates, clear illustrations, and descriptions for each event.
Lesson Plan Reference
- [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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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