Want a quick, concise way to cover major events that happened in the last fifteen years? Want to make history relatable for high school students? Want to get to know your kids a little better? Their interests, their circumstances, and major milestones? The Personal Timeline assignment can help you reach those goals. The assignment includes a Brains in Gear brainstorming activity, designed to assess prior knowledge and allow for students to collaborate with their peers before brainstorming a list of major events as a class. A rubric is provided for clear student directions and easy grading. The result is an annotated timeline where events in students’ lives are interwoven with major social, political and economic events that help to tell a unique story of each student’s lifetime.