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Middle School Timeline Assignment

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Civil Rights Movement - Timeline Assignment with Key and Rubric - This 7 page Civil Rights teaching resource is a timeline assignment that requires students to create a timeline of key events related to the Civil Rights Movement. This Civil Rights resource includes a student handout that details the expectations and events to be displayed in the timeline assignment. The assignment requires the students to place the different events chronologically on a timeline (poster or PowerPoint, etc.) and to provide the historical significance of each event. The resource includes a two page timeline for students to plan and prepare their Civil Rights timelines. Also, the resource includes a detailed teachers key for each of the Civil Rights events included in the assignment, as well as a detailed explanation for use. Finally, the package includes a rubric for ease of assessment.

This timeline assignment includes 7 different and important events of the Civil Rights Movement, such as: Freedom Rides, March on Washington, Little Rock Nine and more!

This is a fantastic resource to cover the major events of the Civil Rights Movement, and includes a web link to the history.com websites that details the events of the Civil Rights Movement, which could be used by students for research. This will make an excellent addition to your Civil Rights unit, and can also make a great review assessment for your Civil Rights unit!

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Many teachers have discovered the value of using timelines (including student-created timelines) to help put curriculum in perspective. The ultimate graphic organizers, timelines provide a visual tool for studying a brief period of time -- a day, a year, or an individual's life -- or for examining a topic across the centuries. Researching and creating timelines appeals to students' visual, mathematic, and kinesthetic intelligences.

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