Introduction: We are all part of history. The time we spend on the earth is limited but it is significant for each of us. Significant events are the ones which are the most memorable, the most important ones in our lives. If you stubbed your toe that might hurt for a while but you probably will have forgotten it by the next day. If you broke your arm that action and the pain will not be quickly forgotten. In this activity you will record the significant events which have happened to you in your life?
Definition: A timeline is a graph. It has evenly spaced units of time. It must be accompanied by a statement of the scale used.
Part A Draft of the Important Events
1. Think of all the important events which have happened to you in your life. Some examples might be: I was born in London, I broke my arm, I went to Calgary, my sister was born, I met my good friend John, when I was 8 years old I moved to Winnipeg with my mother, I had measles when I was 5, etc. Your parents could help with some of the earlier ones. Note: include the date you came to Salt Spring Island, if you were not born here.
2. Write a draft list of these events. Add lots of detail. For example, rather than “Born” beside the year of your birth write details such as: “Born in Vancouver General Hospital on August 12th.”
Part B Constructing the Timeline
1. Write your name, the date and the title: “Timeline of My Life” on the top of a sheet of lined paper.
2. Draw a vertical line, in the center of the page, under the title, to the scale of one and a half centimetres equal one year. (Hint: if you are 11 the line will be 1.5 cm times 11 which equals 16.5 centimetres long)
3. Mark each year along the scale. (You could double the line and put the year in the inside of the line.)
4. Write your scale (1.5 centimetres=1 year) in the bottom corner.
5. Add all of your interesting events to the timeline, including when you came to Salt Spring Island. Write neatly and write on both sides of the timeline.
/10 timeline drawn to scale with units neatly marked
/10 accurate scale recorded
/10 at least10 detailed events
/10 neat organized work
/10 title, date, name