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Activity Overview

Although timelines are mainly used in history lessons, they can be extremely helpful when dealing with historical fiction or memoirs, such as Boy on the Wooden Box. Leon Leyson used to consider his childhood as “idyllic” until the Nazis occupied Poland and changed the world as he knew it. For this activity, students will create a timeline of Leyson’s life, including descriptions and illustrations for each major event.

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Objective: Create a timeline of major events that took place in Leon Leyson's life.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the description boxes, write brief summary of each event.
  3. Create an illustration for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

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/RI/9-10/3] Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between 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.

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