Sequencing with a Time Line
Sometimes you need to sort out a set of events. What happened first? Then what took place? At other times, you need to understand the steps for doing something. Where do I begin? What do I do next? A time line can help.
This time line helped one student sort out the events in Madame Curie's life of discovery. The student first made the time line to prepare for a report about her but then actually included the time line as a visual element in her report.
Your Turn Create your own time line to analyze a topic that has a series of events or a set of steps. Read below about how to create a handmade time line. You can also download the time line template at the bottom of this minilesson.
- Research your topic and note important events or steps.
- Write your topic at the top of a piece of paper.
- Draw a vertical line on the left side of the page.
- On the right side of the time line, write down the details in the order that they occurred.
- On the left side of the time line, write dates, numbers (1, 2, 3, 4 . . .), or words like "First," "Next," and "Then."
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