Building Timelines
Show your skills…
and communicate effectively!
A Timeline Tells a Story…
A Timeline of Mrs. Carpenter’s Life
1965 1990 1995 2000 2005
Born
(1964)
Married
David
(1991)
Birth to
Sam
(1996)
Birth to...
Good Timelines…
• Are sequential (years and events are labeled in
correct order!)
• Are easy to read (neat) because they w...
Good Timeline TIPS:
• Label years of events in parentheses
example: (1965)
• Use a couple colors for a color theme.
Use RE...
Timeline Symbols
Label date
of event in
parentheses
example:
(1964)
“Lightning Bolts” show a break in time.
Use them to replace a span of many years
that you cannot fit onto your page.
A “Bracket” shows a span of years.
Select a couple of colors to
establish a nice color theme.
Too much color is really BARFY, gets in
the WAY of your
message...
Timeline Symbols
Simple Title framed on top
Timeline Symbols
“White
Space” on
borders and
between
labels must
be there!
4000 BC 3000 BC 2000BC 1000BC 1AD 1000AD 1500 2000
Hinduism
Judaism
Christianity
Buddhism
Islam
Population Increase: Australia
0
5,000,000
10,000,000
15,000,000
20,000,000
25,000,000
Population: 300,000 437,655 1,151,9...
Source: Oct 22, 2008. 1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005 . Australian Bureau of Statistics.
<http://abs.gov.au/Ausstats/ab...
Humans Arrive from
Malaysia (40,000 BC)
Europeans Discover
Australia (Cook in 1770)
(500,000- 1 million
inhabitants before...
In 1861, men outnumbered
women in Australia by
more than a third, with
about 638,000 men and
462,000 women. By 1901,
women...
Humans Arrive from Malaysia (40,000 BC)
Europeans Discover Australia (Cook in 1770) (500,000- 1
million inhabitants before...
Credits:
Mrs. Carpenter,
Mr. Parker,
and Max Carpenter (fourth grader)
of
Taipei American School
collaborated on this slid...
Timeline powerpoint  from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site  at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html
Timeline powerpoint  from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site  at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html
Timeline powerpoint  from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site  at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html
Timeline powerpoint  from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site  at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html
Timeline powerpoint  from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site  at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html
Timeline powerpoint  from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site  at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html
Timeline powerpoint  from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site  at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html
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Timeline powerpoint from Mr. Donn's Social Studies Site at http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html

  1. 1. Building Timelines Show your skills… and communicate effectively!
  2. 2. A Timeline Tells a Story…
  3. 3. A Timeline of Mrs. Carpenter’s Life 1965 1990 1995 2000 2005 Born (1964) Married David (1991) Birth to Sam (1996) Birth to Max (1997) Lived in Hong Kong (2002-2007) Moved to Taipei (2007)
  4. 4. Good Timelines… • Are sequential (years and events are labeled in correct order!) • Are easy to read (neat) because they were PLANNED, drafted, and THEN published! • Represent periods of time in a PROPORTIONALLY accurate way • Make effective use of color without overdoing it • Use blank s p a c e to keep things easy to read: space on borders, space between labels… not… all CRAMMEDtogetherandIMPOSSIBLEtoread!
  5. 5. Good Timeline TIPS: • Label years of events in parentheses example: (1965) • Use a couple colors for a color theme. Use RED only for urgent highlight • Fonts: choose 1 and stick with it. • Do not use “caps lock” or fonts that are all capital letters– hard for the brain to read!
  6. 6. Timeline Symbols Label date of event in parentheses example: (1964)
  7. 7. “Lightning Bolts” show a break in time. Use them to replace a span of many years that you cannot fit onto your page.
  8. 8. A “Bracket” shows a span of years.
  9. 9. Select a couple of colors to establish a nice color theme. Too much color is really BARFY, gets in the WAY of your message, and makes the reader DIZZY! PS: DON’T USE ALL CAPS, EITHER!!!!!
  10. 10. Timeline Symbols Simple Title framed on top
  11. 11. Timeline Symbols “White Space” on borders and between labels must be there!
  12. 12. 4000 BC 3000 BC 2000BC 1000BC 1AD 1000AD 1500 2000 Hinduism Judaism Christianity Buddhism Islam
  13. 13. Population Increase: Australia 0 5,000,000 10,000,000 15,000,000 20,000,000 25,000,000 Population: 300,000 437,655 1,151,947 7,000,000 13,500,000 20,979,000 1770 1851 1861 1945 1971 2008
  14. 14. Source: Oct 22, 2008. 1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005 . Australian Bureau of Statistics. <http://abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/6A5AABD7621230ADCA256F7200832F77? opendocument>
  15. 15. Humans Arrive from Malaysia (40,000 BC) Europeans Discover Australia (Cook in 1770) (500,000- 1 million inhabitants before Europeans) Starting in 1788, some 160,000 convicts were shipped to the Australian colonies. From the early 1790s, free immigrants also began coming to Australia. Gold Discovered in Australia in 1851 (437,655) 50 000 people a year arrive Migration to Australia
  16. 16. In 1861, men outnumbered women in Australia by more than a third, with about 638,000 men and 462,000 women. By 1901, women made up almost one-half of the population, with 1,977,472 men and 1,796,329 women. = 3,765,000 1 decade later: 1,151,947 World War II (1939=1945) 7 million at end Post-War Immigration Policy “Populate or Perish!” (1945- 1965) 1971; 13.5 MILLION Today (2007): 20,979,000 Migration to Australia
  17. 17. Humans Arrive from Malaysia (40,000 BC) Europeans Discover Australia (Cook in 1770) (500,000- 1 million inhabitants before Europeans) Starting in 1788, some 160 000 convicts were shipped to the Australian colonies. Soon free immigrants also began coming to Australia. Gold Discovered in Australia in 1851 (Population = 437,655.) 50 000 people a year start to arrive! In 1861, men outnumbered women in Australia by more than a third, with about 638,000 men and 462,000 women. By 1901, women made up almost one-half of the population, with 1,977,472 men and 1,796,329 women. = 3,765,000. 1 decade later: 1,151,947 World War II (1939=1945) 7 million at end Post-War Immigration Policy “Populate or Perish!” (1945- 1965) 1971; 13.5 MILLION Today (2007): 20,979,000 40,000 BC 1770 AD 1788 1851 1861 1901 1939-1945 1945-1965 1971 2007 Australia’s History
  18. 18. Credits: Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. Parker, and Max Carpenter (fourth grader) of Taipei American School collaborated on this slide show. October 26, 2007 The following pages were accessed for the research presented in this slide show:

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