Lesson Plan

Personal Timeline

Use this lesson to help your ELs strengthen their vocabulary and learn how to create a personal timeline. Teach this lesson as a standalone lesson or use it as support for the lesson Timelines and Nonfiction Text.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Timelines and Nonfiction Text lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to create a timeline using information from a nonfiction text.

Language

Students will be able to create and explain a personal timeline with transition words using a table and graphic organizer.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Write Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge TemplatePersonal TimelineGraphic Organizer Template: Vocabulary Instruction ChartVocabulary Cards: Personal TimelineGlossary: Personal Timeline
  • State the language objective and have students repeat it to a partner.
  • Show students a simple timeline from your life (birth, schooling, graduation, important trip, or family event etc.).
  • Explain that today students will create a timeline of their own life. Tell students that personal timelines help us see the important events in a person's life in a visual format. Inform them that timelines can also help us make sense of one aspect of history, such as the history of baseball or the history of photography.