Before you begin reading The Rock and The River, by Kekla Magoon, complete this activity with your students. This activity will help students build the background knowledge they need to understand the setting and time period of the novel. Provide each student with the handouts (1960-1970) to complete the timeline. Access to technology will be necessary to fill in the rectangular boxes with descriptions from each year. Students should use the bubble boxes to provide a connection to self or connection to the world about other events that also occurred during that year.