Looking for a new twist on the classic timeline project?
This project is designed for upper elementary and middle school students, who have often created a timeline of their own lives several times by the time they reach upper elementary school.
In this project, students are asked to interview a person who is 30 years or older about his or her life. Then, students will create a timeline of the person's life, and line the events of his/her life up with U.S. History events that occurred around the same time.
In line with Twenty-First Century curriculum goals, this project integrates the use of technology (students are encouraged to video or audio record interviews), and integrate information from multiple sources (the interview and an online timeline of U.S. history).
Included in this document are:
1. Instructions for the interview.
2. Interview form (feel free to save separately and email to students if they have access to electronic devices).
3. Directions for setting up the timeline.
4. A timeline of U.S. history events (for use if needed - if there is no access to technology for students).
If you prefer, students may create the timeline using one of several online tools:
I have made this document a Word Document, so that teachers may alter the project to fit their own needs. My district uses Mac computers, however, so if it doesn't format correctly, I'd be happy to send you a PDF version.