Every state has a rich history that defines how it is known today. Using a timeline layout, students will research the history of Oregon 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.
1500s: Native American tribes such as the Nez Perce inhabited the land.
1792: American Captain Robert Gray explored the Columbia River and named it after his ship.
1803: The Louisiana Purchase was signed and two years later explorers Lewis and Clark were sent to map out the new territory. They built a small fort at the mouth of the Columbia River and called it Fort Clatsop.
1840s: Settlers began to arrive using the Oregon Trail.
1859: Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14th.
1877: The Nez Perce War begins after the tribe resists moving from their land where gold was discovered.
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Objective: Create a 4-6 cell timeline of important events in Oregon's 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
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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.