Government Action Timelines

Citizenship, Reading

Students use a timeline to chart news coverage of a government action. Students explain a sequence of events, make and use a timeline, interpret a timeline, and analyze cause and effect relationships with a timeline.

You can use an Assessment Rubric to assess students' mastery of the objectives.


  1. Select a news story about legislation or another government action.

  2. Collect headlines and pictures about the story. Try to include all the steps that the action goes through.

  3. Make a timeline that covers the time of the story.

  4. Match each headline to a point on the timeline.

  5. Give your timeline a title.
Write Questions To Go with Your Timeline!
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