Subject Area(s): American History through Reconstruction

Grade Level(s): 6

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

Best Instructional Practices



Four 45 minute sessions (at different points in the school year). Recommended to do two 45 min. sessions after teaching the Revolution, and doing the next two 45 min. sessions after teaching the Civil War. If the instructor wants to build the timeline as they teach the units as opposed to as cumulative review the lesson would work just as well.

Lesson Summary

Review the essential knowledge (as correlated with the POS and SOL's). The students will sequence the key events and be able to explain each event's significance.

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Read a timeline
  2. Explain what a timeline is and why they are used.
  3. Sequence the events that happened between the European Explorers and the Reconstruction- (main events from the POS essential knowledge).
  4. Identify images related to main events throughout American History up until the Reconstruction.
  5. List the dates of major events in American History up until the Reconstruction.
  6. Identify the importance of the events highlighted in the timeline.
  7. Analyze various images
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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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