As students learn about state history, we will always use one of the most important tools of a historian...the timeline. In the study of state history, standards throughout the nation ask students to recognize the connection between state history and U.S. history. This connection is crucial because it creates historical context for young students. U.S. history is presented to students in a way where they begin to be exposed to events and eras, but not necessarily expected to remember them with great complexity. When we expose students to the events and eras of U.S. history, the timeline becomes a crucial tool to begin seeing these relationships between state and U.S. history. Below, I hope teachers see how they might construct a timeline with students throughout the course of a state's historical study. Colorado is the state example that's used. Teachers are encouraged to consider how this timeline is constructed with students (and by students) over the course of multiple weeks.
NOTE: This timeline is based on these potential connections between Colorado's history and U.S. history.
Step 1: I might create a timeline that represents the range of years for the state's history. My Colorado example goes from the Pre-Columbian era (before Christopher Columbus) to the present.
|Step 1: Create a timeline (or pair of timelines) to show events in your state's history and events in U.S. history.|
|Step 2: Adding early eras to the timeline.|
|Step 3: Consider the earliest group/events/era you'll study for your state's history, and lengthen your timeline.|
|Step 4: Use the historical process to study the state's early people, events, and eras. |
Add these to the timeline on the upper half.
|Step 5: Add the next key events or eras in U.S. history.|
|Step 6: The addition of explorers and exploration eras to the timeline.|
|Step 7: Adding new events and eras from U.S. history.|
|Step 8: Colorado and the United States in the 20th century.|
|The Final Product!|