One way of getting a broader picture of how an event has unfolded
is to build a timeline. So far, much of the mainstream news coverage
has dealt with the events around September 11 in relatively isolated
terms. If indeed bin Laden was one of the people behind these attacks,
then our timelines might go far back enough to include the creation
of Israel, the Gulf War, or our previous attacks on bin Laden.
Paper, Pencils, Resources (i.e. encyclopedias), flip chart paper/butcher
- Prepare a timeline of events up to and including the attacks
on 11 September. Include all of the things that you think are
important, and go back as far as you like. We will compare timelines
and discuss them when weUre through.
- As students work on their timelines (alone or in small groups),
walk about the room, and examine their work. Raise questions about
concepts they're not considering.
- Choose 3-5 students to present their timelines in front of the
- On a large sheet of paper, compile the class comments into a
large timeline. Discuss what important events were omitted and
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