Teaching the Timeline: Chronology as Core Curriculum

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Increasingly, I find myself drawn to the issue of chronology; the importance of understanding the scale and sequence of historical eras and the framework for locating every event and every historical figure relative to every other.  This is the big picture; the story of everything we’ve ever known and ever done.  This hyperhistory site is great place to start exploring chronology although the internet is awash of timelines of one kind or another.

As a science teacher, I find that a strong historical framework is essential in developing the concepts and making connections between them.  One of my all-time favourite books is Bill Bryson’s A Short
History of Nearly Everything:

The book pulls together various strands of science so that you get a sense of the significance of certain discoveries and theories.  For example, the audacious revelations of Darwin’s ‘Origins’ are all the more remarkable given that the prevailing wisdom…

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