Lesson Plan

Timelines and Nonfiction Text

Teach your students how to use timelines to organize information from nonfiction texts.
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Learning Objectives

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

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today they are going to learn how to make timelines to organize information from nonfiction texts.
  • Explain that a timeline is like a number line, but instead of just showing numbers, it shows important events in the order in which they occurred. The events are ordered by date, so a timeline is a good visual way to compare two or more events in a period of time.

Beginning

  • Show images of number lines and timelines to help ELs have a clearer understanding of the main theme of the lesson.

Intermediate

  • Have ELs partner up to share a definition of "timeline" in English or in their home language (L1).