The Road to the Revolution Illustrated Timeline project is a fun,
creative, and interactive way to teach the American Revolution.
This project takes students through the events leading up to
the American Revolution, from the Proclamation of 1763 – The
Battles of Lexington and Concord. This project asks students to research the following twelve important topics:
• Boston Massacre
• Boston Tea Party
• First Continental Congress
• Intolerable Acts
• Lexington & Concord
• Proclamation of 1763
• Quartering Act
• Sons of Liberty
• Stamp Act
• Sugar Act
• Tea Act
• Townshend Acts
Then they complete the included Project Planning Sheet with relevant facts for each topic. Once they have finished, they complete an illustration for each topic in order to create an illustrated timeline.
Two student instruction pages with rubrics are included. One asks students to create a full page drawing for each event, and one utilizes a template (2 square and 4 square included) to have multiple events on a page.In the past, I have done this project both ways. I have also had students do it on groups. You can choose which way to do this project depending on the amount of time you
have allotted to teach the Revolutionary War,. Having the
students do the full page version independently will be the
most time consuming, while having them work in groups or
pairs on the 4-square template will be the least time
Black and white and color versions are included for both instruction pages.
I differentiate this project by allowing the students to
complete their own research in groups. I work with the groups
that need the most help, and help them to find the
information. For some students, I also provide the “timeline
order” sheet from the answer key to assist with ordering the
events chronologically. For some students, I leave the dates on
and for others I white them out.
The answer key can also be used to adapt this project for younger students, or students that require additional support. The key has purposefully not been marked "answer key" to allow you the freedom to print the pages out and provide them to the students as needed.
A rubric and two exemplars are also included in this file.