Web Quest Teacher’s Guide: Educational Timelines


  • The students will describe the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States since World War II, with emphasis on segregation, desegregation, and the Civil Rights Movement.
  • The students will develop skills for historical analysis, including the ability to identify, analyze, and interpret primary sources (artifacts, diaries, letters, photographs, art, documents, and newspapers) and contemporary media (computer information systems) and to make generalizations about events and life in the United States since 1877.
  • The students will develop skills for historical analysis, including the ability to recognize and explain the different points of view that have been influenced by nationalism, race, religion, and ethnicity.
  • The students will develop skills for historical analysis, including the ability to construct various timelines of United States history since 1877 including landmark dates, technological and economic changes, social movements, military conflicts, and presidential elections.


S.O.L Correlation

History 6.7, 6.10


Time Needed

2-3 class periods, more individual time may be necessary.


Resources Needed

Computers with World Wide Web access.


Warm up

Have students view the Jackson Davis Educational Timeline.

Discuss timeline with students focusing on major events in educational history, have students pick which event(s) they feel were most important and which individuals they feel were most influential in the world of education and discuss why the student)(s) picked this event/individual.


Web Quest Procedure

After viewing the Jackson Davis Educational Timeline, have students pick one educational figure or topic from the list provided to create a timeline. Individuals and events include:

Time line requirements

  • timeline must have at least 10 different dates with 10 different events, 2 of the ten dates can be the life and death of the individual at the beginning and end of the event.
  • students may use more than 5 websites, but they must use 5.
  • timeline must include 3 related pictures. Students may find these pictures on the web, in magazines, or draw them themselves.
  • students must properly document their sources by listing the 5 websites used to gain their information.
  • students may present their timelines in any fashion including but not limited to video, computers, role playing, or even create something artistic.

Extension Activities

  • Have students combine their research efforts with their classmates, and make a timeline incorporating all the educational facts they have gathered.