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How to Present a Time Line

Updated on January 2, 2013

The reason for this article is to share information that a student needed. The assignment drove to madness the parent in search of the simple, under history books: “Facts in a time line ”.

History is the branch of knowledge dealing with past events and as Michael Crichton quoted, "If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree." Math and History are one of the most disliked classes to many people that I have met. History caught my attention when I was in sixth grade because the teacher was one of those not frequently found; that knows how to give what she has in her brains.

My middle sister is homeschooling her son which has inspired me to write some articles in defense of homeschooling. I have learned from her many things and one of them is the use of time lines. Keeping the basic of things in order is more useful than having a bucket full where nothing is found. In case it is useful for someone else, I will share what I have found.

What is a time line?

A time line is mainly a way of displaying a list of events in chronological order.

How can you present the concept for a time line?

There are many personal ways to do and understand something. A time line is about a concept (a general idea of something). The use of pictures or words to present a concept will depend on the level of who is being taught. Keeping things simple is an indisputable form to bring understanding.

The technique that I recommend for visualizing simple relations between concepts is the use of a diagram. A concept map is the graphic tool that helps organize and represent knowledge. These types of maps came from the ideas of David Ausubel in the decade of the 60's. Let's take a look at the different main types of concept maps, and with your creativity I know you will be amazed with what you develop a time line into:

  1. Hierarchical map: drawing up from a key concept that sits on top of it and leaves the other elements that go into decline.
  2. Chart map. this is often used in business to set the various departments and positions that shape a particular industry or company. The information will be presented in a linear fashion.
  3. Spider map:the key concept is at the center and from it the rest of emerging issues are developed around.
  4. Systemic and landscape map: are other types that make up the most common classification of the so called concept maps that are being addressed.

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Facts to present a concept for a time line

Below you will find a list of facts (that are the base of what we live today) for a time line. It is very interesting the way my sister has used her creativity, added by her creative son; both have come up with awesome presentations. They use pictures or drawings and other amazing ways to make that history very interesting and make it significant to who they are today. To mention some are the accordion time lines, little or nested books on a concept of the time line, multidimensional models and others.

Let’s take a simple look to what seems to be extensive in a time line.

Second Millennium


Leif Ericsson Discovery America


Macbeth - King of Scotland


William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings


The Early Crusades


The Children’s Crusades


King John and the Magna Carta


Marco Polo Travels East


The Aztecs


The Black Death of Europe


John Wycliffe and the Reformation


Joan of Arc


Johannes Gutenberg


Columbus reaches the West Indies

First Millennium

A.D. 29

Pentecost and the First Followers of Jesus.

A.D. 64-257

Martyrs of the Early Church

100 B.C.- A.D. 75

The Dead Sea Scrolls

A.D. 79

The Buried City of Pompeii


St. Valentine


Constantine I and the Edict of Milan


The Golden Age of India

350 – 900

The Mayan


The Holy Bible and the Vulgate by Jerome


St. Patrick - Missionary to Ireland


Fall of the Western Roman Empire

500 -1000

Daily Life in the Dark Ages


King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table


Early Japan and Prince Shotoku

589 - 618

The Sui and Tang Dynasties of China


Mohammad and the Birth of Islam


Charles “Martel” and the Battle of Tours


Invasion of the Vikings


Alfred the Great - King of England


The Great Zimbabwe of Africa


Eric the Red and the Settlement of Greenland

Third Millennium

The Third Millennium represents the Sixteenth Century.


Magnetic compass was invented by John Dee. Queen Elizabeth I ascends the throne (rules until 1603), restores Protestantism, establishes state Church of England (Anglicanism). Renaissance will reach it's height in England—Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser.


First horse drawn coach was used in England.


St. Augustine, Florida, the first town established by Europeans in the United States, is founded by the Spanish (Later burned by the English in 1586).


Japan permits visits of foreign ships. Queen Elizabeth I excommunicated by the Pope. Turks attack Cyprus and war on Venice.


Turkish fleet defeated at Battle of Lepanto by Spanish and Italian fleets.


Peace of Constantinople


First water closet designed in Bath, England and Francis Drake returns to England after circumnavigating the globe; knighted by Queen Elizabeth I (1581).


Pope Gregory XVIII introduced the calendar still in use today.


Decimals introduced by Dutch mathematicians.


Sir Walter Raleigh founds the first English Colony in North America (North Carolina). Mary, Queen of Scots, executed for treason by order of Queen Elizabeth I.


England defeats the Spanish Armada and rules the seas.


English colony of Roanoke vanished. The first paper mill was used in England.


Thermometer invented.


Boris Godunov becomes Russian czar. Tycho Brahe describes his astronomical experiments.


First copper coins were made.


Spanish explorer Vicent Yañez Pinzón reaches the northeastern coast of Brazil.


Pocket handkerchief used.


Americo Vespucci discovers the New World


The New World becomes known as America


Watches invented


Ponce de León explores Florida


Magellan begins a three year voyage around the world. The Aztec empire dominated Mexico.


The Protestant Reformation.


Juan Sebastián Elcano continues around the world and reaches Spain.


The end of the Italian Renaissance.


Bottle corks invented and Don Antonio de Mendoza becomes the first Viceroy in Mexico.


Halley’s Comet appeared and caused panic.


Francisco Pizarro marches from Panama to Peru and kills the Inca chieftain Atahualpa of Peru.


Reformation begins as Henry VIII makes himself head of the English Church after being excommunicated by the Pope.


First songbook used in Spain and Michelangelo completed the largest painting, “The Last judgment” in the Sistine Chapel.


Mercator drew maps with America on it.


Copernicus challenged beliefs by claiming the sun as the center of the universe.


French printer Garamond sets the first type.


Roman Catholicism restored in England by Queen Mary I.

Final words

I hope this article has helped someone out there. History is beautiful...nice, funny, sad and true. For being true, we can not do anything about it because it has passed away since it belongs to the past but, we can do something for the future and that is in our

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


A creative way to present history for a time line


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      thesailor thanks for reading and ...yes...your joke is very true, actually it is the reason of making difficult the thought of "stacking" events in a line.

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      thesailor 4 years ago from Seven Seas

      As if our world is only a year old (allow my joke to be heard).

      With timeline, we can easily track down what really happened during the biblical and present times.

      Great hub. Thanks for this well-researched hub. :)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      crystaleyes thanks for reading and for the comment. It took me time in my time line but it was fun to write.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Greg are you Froggy213? Thanks anyway.

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      crystaleyes 5 years ago from Earth

      Very informative hub.. your presentation is interesting.. voted up and useful

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      Greg 5 years ago

      Great hub my dear. It was a very interesting read and I learned a few new things. Voted up