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Declaration of

Social Sciences,
Language Arts,
Ed. Technology
Grade: 5-8, 9-12


Brief description

Students use suggested online or library sources to create time lines of events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


Students sequence events in chronological order. Students demonstrate research skills using the Internet and library sources.


Declaration of Independence, timeline, Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia

Materials needed

computers with Internet access or student-researched library materials about the Declaration of Independence; teacher-made work sheets or paper and pens or pencils; PowerPoint program (optional)

Lesson plan

Divide the class into small groups. Have students use library or online (see suggestions below) resources to create time lines about events that led up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Variation: If you have access to PowerPoint, have students create their time lines as PowerPoint presentations.


Have students present their completed time lines to the class.

Lesson plan source

Education World

Submitted by

Lois Lewis






Originally published 07/03/2000
Last updated 03/27/2016