DAY 2 ACTIVITY
Creating Historical Sources
We’re thinking about the question: How can we create a historical record of important events?
Your challenge this week is to create a “Timeline of Events” as a primary source to represent important events from a selected span of time.
Let's Get Started!
Do you remember last year’s winter?
What about the year before?
If you have trouble remembering, what primary sources could you look at to help you?
Your challenge this week is to create a “Timeline of Events” as a primary source to represent important events from a selected span of time. Today, you will make a draft of your timeline.
Draw your timeline!
Record your events in order by drawing a symbol to represent each one and adding a label if needed.
Will you use a straight line, a curvy line, or boxes? It’s up to you!
You can use a piece of paper or the “Timeline Template” handout if you like.
Remember to save your draft! You’ll use it to create your final “Timeline of Events.”
Read the following Newsela article: “Native American 'Winter Count' Marked the Year's Most Important Event”
While you read, think about these questions:
Why are winter counts important to the Lakota?
What can we learn from historical sources like a winter count?
What makes a winter count a type of timeline?
How is a winter count similar to other tools used for storytelling that you have learned about?
Let’s look at some examples of timelines that represent different spans of time in different ways.
This is a close-up view of an image showing a Kiowa winter count. Kiowa winter counts typically showed two symbols for each year: one in the summer and one in the winter.
See: What observations can you make about this image?
Think: What do you think this means? What evidence makes you think that?
Wonder: What do you wonder about this?