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Activity Overview


Creating a visual timeline is a great way for students to be able to see the sequence of events during a period in history. With the War of 1812, students can better understand the major events or battles that occurred and how they were connected. Using a timeline layout, students will outline and describe the major events that occurred during the War of 1812.

Teachers may pre-select which events they want their students to include on the timeline, or allow students to choose which events they'd like to analyze. Students will be able to construct and explain the series of events that defined the War of 1812. In addition, students should try to incorporate causes, battles, and primary sources into their timelines.

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 update the instructions accordingly.

Suggested Major Events of the War of 1812

  • June 18, 1812 - War is Declared
  • October 1, 1812 - Battle of Detroit
  • January 18, 1813 - Battle of Frenchtown
  • October 1, 1813 - Tecumseh Killed
  • August 25, 1814 - Washington Burns
  • December 24 - January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans

Extended Activity

Have students create a post- or pre-War of 1812 timeline to better understand the events surrounding the war. Students may concentrate on what major events led to the war, or events that were triggered by the war. This will allow students to better understand both the causes and effects of the War of 1812.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: Timelines



Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a timeline detailing the events of the War of 1812.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify important battles and events and type them into the titles of each cell.
  3. Describe the battles and events in the description box.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Timeline
Create a timeline of important events and people, and explain their significance. Make sure the dates are correct, and the Photos for Class pictures are historically accurate or significant.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
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.
Explanations/Descriptions
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.
English Conventions
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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