This activity has been designed to enhance student understanding for sequencing historical events as per the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It can be used as both a direct instruction activity or as skill practice at a literacy station or reading center.
I have found this to be successful when used as follow-up at a listening station or at a station with various sources available on a specific person. The document also contains events cards for all 10 significant events. These can be cut and used by each student or printed on cardstock, laminated, and used cooperatively by a small group prior to the student completing page 1 independently.
To add rigor, I have coupled this activity with another similar timeline activity and had students look for common themes, corresponding events, relationships, or other connections between the two individuals. Also for additional rigor and/or appropriate differentiation, there is an additional timeline sheet included for students to choose events from the text to write events as their own sentences in the blank spaces provided.
Although this product can work effectively as a stand-alone activity, I use it in conjunction with the "People Who Changed America" booklet and unit test I have also developed and are available as separate products.