Use Timeline in History Class

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Timeline is a great approach to study major historical events in history class. You can create a timeline using smart templates fast and easily.

Timeline - A Great Way to Teach History

When teaching about history, sometimes you need to use a timeline to list out the typical events in chronological order so as to help students understand the overall development of the events. A timeline is a visual representation that features information in sequence order, through which students can recognize the sequence and causation relationship between events and identify the causes and effects easily.

Using a timeline you can:

  1. Comprehend information.
  2. Understand event occurring sequence.
  3. Analyzing causes and effects.

Students Use Timeline as Interactive Studying Approach

Students can also build timeline themselves to participate actively in class. They can use it to preview and review knowledge, discuss in groups, or make ppt presentations. Some teachers let students make a timeline as homework or class activity to help them remember the historical events. This interactive method is much better than reading text books only, because it can raise students' enthusiasm in learning.

To make a timeline, you need to:

  1. Decide what the earliest and latest date you wish to include.
  2. Decide what unite of time you will use.
  3. Make a list of events you wish to put on your timeline.
  4. Research and note the specific time the events you will put in your timeline occurs.
  5. Draw a timeline by hand or use a timeline software.

A Timeline Example: American History Timeline

Below the two timelines present all the key historical events of America in the 17th century. It was created by Edraw, and you can click the picture to download the PDF version to have a clearer view. If you want to use them as templates, you can download the editable version.

American History Timeline 1

American History Timeline

Video Tutorial - How to Create a Timeline

Edraw Dynamic Timeline Templates Help Make Timeline in Minutes

Using Edraw to createatimelinewillsaveyouagreatamountoftime.Totallydragginganddroppingbased,youdon't need to bother to draw the segments by yourself. Just pull out a template on the canvas, and through the smart buttons, you can quickly set the starting and ending date, set segment number, and add milestones.

Timeline Smart Button

Chinese History Timeline

This Chinese history timeline is created using custom shapes. It includes the whole Chinese history from the ancient times to modern times. Click the picture to have a clearer view.

Chinese History Timeline

Timeline for Project Planning

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Various Timeline Templates

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