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This great resource has twelve “African-American History Event Cards” that students cut out, put in order, and then tape on the provided organizer. There are card sheets with and without dates for differentiation; and, the organizer itself has a challenging and interesting extension question for early finishers, too!
It’s happened to me and I bet it’s happened to you. Students get the dates –but they don’t get the sequence. Memorized dates somehow don’t quite connect to an understanding the flow and cause-and-effect of a major historical event, whether it’s the fall of the Roman Empire or the American Revolution. Students miss historical understanding and the opportunity to develop and use critical thinking skills.
In response to this common challenge, Teach-and-Learn Social is pleased to offer its Historical Events Sequencer series, a student-friendly (and, ahem!, teacher-friendly) way to figure out and visualize the flow of historical events.
Here’s how it works. Students cut out twelve randomly ordered “event cards” from a sheet of paper. Each card contains an important part of a historical event, such as The Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolution or Hitler’s invasion of Poland at the beginning of World War II.
Then, students put the cards in order and tape them onto the provided graphic organizer. To help memorization and learning, students are asked to tape only at the top of the card and draw a simple drawing of the event or a summary phrase underneath.
Each Sequencer has twelve events, the number that research indicates balances depth with rigor for the widest range of students.
For differentiation, card sets are available with and without dates and there is a challenging and thought-provoking extension on the graphic organizer for early finishers. Don’t be surprised if your students try to finish the organizer early to leave time for the challenge question!
Some teachers may prefer to have the sequence as a reference page and not to do the activity. A reference page with the events in order is included free of chage.