Poster and learning resource
ILLUSTRATED TIMELINE (80cm x 75 cm or about 3ft square) AND EXPLANATORY CHART (A3)
Overview of the past 4,000 years of history at a glance, through the lens of religious and cultural history. Endorsed by editor of Cambridge Studies of Religion.
A hand-painted poster that brings beauty into classroom resources to be a catalyst to learning and exploration. Presents information to engage the curiosity and minds of the learners without being didactic.
Suitable for all ages: Primary, Secondary and Adult
Suitable for History, Social Studies, Society and Culture, Studies of Religion and for improving intercultural awareness and understanding
The timeline applies these principles:
1. To encourage the learning of critical thinking skills and the role of ambiguity and nuance in history learning. These have been shown to help to protect young people against developing hate and violence
2. To encourage students of diverse backgrounds to intermingle and work together to get to know each other
3. To improve “cultural competence” among citizens – educating to increase knowledge and understanding of the histories of many different cultures and peoples in our communities
Use the timeline for inquiry-based research to:
1. Show 4,000 years of history at a glance to get the big picture
2. Ask specific questions about sources, eg.
What archaeological evidence can be found for particular episodes in the timeline? What can the evidence tell us about life in the past, and what can it not tell?
What primary and secondary sources can be found for different periods, and how can they help our understanding, and not?
3. Inspire students to explore histories that relate to themselves personally as well as intellectually, so that they learn how their cultures have evolved and interrelated with others' cultures.
4. Explore deeper to answer questions that arise from the illustrations.
5. Develop an understanding that histories are nuanced, contested and changing as evidence comes to light.
6. Give an “Overview” of History within the history syllabus of some countries. It can be used to teach major historical trends and episodes to give students a big picture of history before they focus on “in-depth studies”.
Go to livingtimelines.com.au./ to see a good quality photograph