Every state has a rich history that defines how it is known today. Using a timeline layout, students will research the history of Massachusetts and create a timeline of events. Students must think about what makes an event truly worthy of being included in the timeline and be able to include detail in their timeline.
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.
1497: Early Europeans arrive, bringing disease with them. Diseases such as smallpox killed about 90% of the Indigenous people in Massachusetts at the time.
1620: The Pilgrims arrive and settle in Plymouth. With the help of the local Indigenous people, the Pilgrims survive the harsh winter. The following year, the first Thanksgiving took place in Massachusetts.
1692: The Salem Witch Trials take place in Salem, Massachusetts.
1773: Colonists in Boston dump crates of tea into the Boston Harbor, known as the Boston Tea Party.
1775: The Revolutionary War begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
1788: Massachusetts becomes the 6th state of the United States.
1961: John F. Kennedy becomes the 35th President of the United States.
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Objective: Create a timeline of 4-6 important events in Massachusetts' history.
Requirements: At least 4 events, correct dates, descriptions, and appropriate illustrations for each event.
Grade Level 3-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: TimelinesCommon Core Standards
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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| Emerging |
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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.