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Dealing with historical data

Sharing with my family

At the end of this mission we will be able: to identify, organize and show in a timeline different historical events

We will work the  writing and speaking skills.

A grandfrather walking with a grandchild

George HodanAbuelo y nieta (Dominio público)

Let's ry to think about people of our family. We have to choose one (or two) of them to share different activities: travelling, talking, giving you supports with your homeworks... Then, we will write their names and activities. Then, each of us will explain to one of our mates about these relatives and the activities you would like to share with her/him.

A historical conversation

We are pretty sure any of us have someone in our family we really admire or just he or she is really important for us, it could be alive or it could be death.

Mother and daughter
parentrap. Mother (CC0)

Our final product for this mission will be to create a timeline about that person including, at least ten historical events. The ''Rubric for a timeline' will help us know how to do a great job.

Steps for our mission

Previous investigation: talking with your relatives

We want to investigate about the person.

If he / she is alive, we will take a long conversation with him or her. If the person is death we have to look for the information talking with other of your relatives. Why don't you invite these relatives to your class? It will be the best option to talk with them and register all the information the have to tell to you about your family. 

The main purpose of the investigation it to know at least ten historical events about this person to include in the timeline.

Each historical event should include:

  • The date.
  • The explanation of what happened on that moment.
  • A picture related with this event.
Creating the timeline

As always we find two possibilities of working. We can use a cardboard or a piece of paper (it should be big, we have to include pictures). Or if we prefer, there are free digital options to do it:

In case we have problems about how to deal and work with the tool here you have a couple of really useful tutorials to learn about it:


Our final product for this mission will be to create a timeline. It must be clear and atractive. short text with a title. The ''Rubric for a timeline' will help us know how to do a great job.

We can include the poster into you blog adding information about what your group work is. We are also strongly recommend to include into our post the picture dictionary we have done in the previous task.

We must remember to identify our post with the tag "Project The history of my family".

If we want, our teacher can spread our post using the Twitter account of the classroom. For that we have to write down the tweet for the teacher. Remember:

  • we can use 140 characters.
  • Include the link to your post.
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #projectmyfamily.

The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help us know how to do a great job.

Before posting our text, we should ask our colleagues to check our work and make suggestions, corrections... We must do the same work with some of your mates' outcomes, too. Don't be afraid. Making mistakes is a good way to learn!

Knowing about you family is the best way to start to think about the way to thank them.  Don't forget all the thinks we have learnt in this mission.

Learning Diary

It's time to continue with our Learning Diary. Remember it helps us reflect on what you are learning and most important: what the best way for learning is. 

Let's go back to the document you opened in the previous mission as a Learning Diary. Below our previous writing we will create a new section entitled: "Dealing with historical data". We will reflect about your learning using the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for me to work with?
  • What do I think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects I did not understand?

Remember it would be great if we shared these feelings and thoughts with our classmates. We will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.