WHAT YOU NEED
3100 B.C. earliest Egyptian writing
2500 B.C. earliest writing in the Indus valley (India)
1200 B.C. first writing in China
1000 B.C. invention of the Phoenician alphabet
A.D. 1821 Cherokee alphabet invented by Sequoya
A.D. 1867 invention of the typewriter
Maya and Inca
Tell students they are going to research their civilization and, as a group, choose what they think are the ten most significant dates in that people's history. They will then write the date of the event and a short description on an index card or small piece of paper. When all the cards are complete, have students tape or clip the event cards to the timeline in the correct places.
For example, a famine in one country could have caused it to start a war with a neighboring country. The famine might be the event mentioned in one culture, and the war in the other.
You may wish to have students write short reports comparing events or explaining cause and effect relationships between certain events.
Students might like to transfer the timeline, as a whole, to paper or create a web site, adding illustrations and other additional information. Have students research the Gregorian calendar or other world calendars and report on how and by whom they were developed. Then, for students interested in ancient Rome, have them find out why 46 B.C. was called "the year of confusion." (Answer: In order to get his new calendar on track, Julius Caesar declared the year 46 B.C. to have 442 days.)
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