Book Timeline Project Ideas

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Tired of the same type of book reports? Check out these ideas for students to use timelines to share their favorite book with others. Projects include individual or group instructions.

Making a Timeline

Reading should be fun, and sharing about a book you love should be enjoyable. Some students, however, need a little help with the process. Timelines are a creative way for students to showcase their understanding of the books they've read. Focusing on the elements of plot and setting, timelines can help students to clarify their comprehension of what they've read, which in turn makes them better able to think about it critically.

Paper Chain Illustration Timeline

Project Type: Individual

Book Focus: Plot

Materials: Construction paper, white paper, glue, scissors, pencils, markers

  • Students should identify 5-10 key events from their independent reading book.
  • For each event, students should create an illustration with a 1-3 sentence caption explaining the importance of the event.
  • To display their timeline, students should create a paper link chain, and then hang their illustrations from the chain in order (see image).

Paper Chain Timeline
paper chain timeline

Artifact Timeline

Project Type: Individual

Book Focus: Plot

Materials: For this project, students may need to get creative with materials from both home and school.

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