A helpful way for students to organize facts about the Transcontinental Railroad is in a timeline. This timeline highlights a few of the important dates from 1848 with the discovery of gold in California, through the lobbying and construction of the railroad, and goes up until 1882 with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. There are many important dates in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad that students can explore that can highlight a broad range of perspectives! In this activity, students will create a timeline of 5-10 events about the construction of the transcontinental railroad. These timelines can be printed and displayed around the classroom and used as a reference.
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.
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Objective: Create a timeline in chronological order with accurate dates, descriptions and illustrations for 5-10 important events relating to the Transcontinental Railroad.< /p>
Requirements: 5-10 events listed with correct dates, 1-3 sentence description, and appropriate illustrations.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: TimelinesCommon Core Standards
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All the cells are clearly described with details of the significance of the milestone.
All the cells are clearly described.
Some cells are described.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate all the 6 chosen historical moments.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate some of the 6 chosen historical moments.
The storyboard cells does not clearly any of the 6 chosen historical moments.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.