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Dealing with historical data

Sharing with my family

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

You will work the writing and speaking skills.

A grandfrather walking with a grandchild

George HodanAbuelo y nieta (Dominio público)

Try to think about people of your family. You have to choose one (or two) of them to share different activities: travelling, talking, supporting with your homework... Then, you will write their names and activities. Then, each of you will explain to one of your mates about these relatives and the activities you would like to share with her/him.

A historical conversation

For sure that any of you have someone in your family you really admire or just he or she is really important for you, no matter if he or she is still alive or dead. 

Mother and daughter
parentrap. Mother (CC0)

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

Steps for our mission

Previous investigation: talking to your relatives

You want to investigate about the person.

If he / she is alive, you have to take a long conversation with him or her. If the person is dead, you have to search for some information talking to one 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 that event (if possible)
Creating the timeline

As always, you have two possibilities of organizing your work. You can use some cardboard or a piece of paper (it must be big because you have to include pictures). Or if you prefer, there are free digital options to do it:

In case you have any problem about how to deal and work with the tools, here you have a couple of really useful tutorials to learn about them:


Your final product for this mission will be to create a timeline. It must be clear and attractive.

The 'Rubric for a timeline' will help you know how to do a great job.

You can include the poster into your blog adding information about what your group work is. It is strongly recommended to include in your post the picture dictionary you have done in the previous task.

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

If you want, your teacher can disseminate your post using the classroom Twitter account. To do so, you have to write down the tweet for the teacher. Remember:

  • you can use 280 characters.
  • Include the link to your post.
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #EDIAfamily.

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

Before posting your text, you should ask your classmates to check your work and make suggestions, corrections... Then, you 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 your family is the best way to start to think about the way to thank them

Don't forget all the thinks you have learnt in this mission!

Learning Diary

It's time to continue with your Learning Diary. Remember it helps you reflect on what you are really learning in the project. 

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

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

Remember that it would be great if you shared these feelings and thoughts with your classmates. You will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.