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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Using Inspiration To Make Timelines

At our last professional development Gail Rock mentioned that she used Inspiration to work on timelines with her students. The images here are some examples. I have also included her assignment sheet below.


Students will be looking at specific social or political movements, which have brought about change in the United States from Pre-Civil War to present time. The movements for study will be:
Social Reform (includes Utopian Communities, Temperance Movement and
Prison Reform)
Educational Reform and Literary Styles
The Women’s Movement
The Abolitionist Movement
The Civil Rights Movement

Students will work in groups or alone. The project will include classroom research (50 points) Library Research (50 points) and the final computer timeline worth 100 points.
It is important that all students be present in school to participate fully in this project. Make-up time will be available after school the week of 5/22.

Classroom Research:

Students will utilize the textbook to begin an outline of events, people and dates for their topic. They will be given beginning worksheets for their area. They will use the textbooks index to locate information throughout history. They will utilize the timelines from the chapters that they find information on in their topic area. They should have a rough draft outline by the time they go to the library.

Library Research:

Students will find more specific events, people and dates to fill in details on their area. The librarians have books and resources to help the students with this project. They may also check the Internet if available. The Internet can also be used to begin to locate pictures to add to the timeline.

Computer Program:

The Inspiration computer program allows the students to type in an outline which will than be able to generate a graphic timeline. They can add pictures to this outline of people or events involved. The final product will be a timeline that I believe they will be proud of.

I am asking all parents to please sign this so I know that you have been informed about what is being asked of your child. If they attend class and utilize their time well, they should have an excellent grade for the semester.


Ms. G. Rock
US History (Social Studies 1 and 2)

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