Country to Country

Middle School and High School Teacher

Students will develop a timeline for events in their country and another country over the last 200 years and then compare/contrast the timelines to recognize possible relationships between the events in each country.

Grade Level: 9 - 11th

Subject: Social Studies

Length of Time: About 45 - 60 Minutes

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Objectives & Outcomes

The students will be able to research events and create a timeline for two countries, compare/contrast and recognize possible cause and effect relationships across countries.

Materials Needed

  • paper for creating timelines, colored pencils, access to Internet or other                   resources, notebook paper
  • Prepare ahead of time:  A mini-timeline of two countries with two or three related or random events for display.


Opening to Lesson

  • Ask the question: If a country votes to change the drinking age from 18 to 21, will the decision affect other countries?
  • Allow responses but encourage students to back up statements

Body of Lesson


  • Display mini-timeline
  • Ask students if there are any connections across the events shown. Is there a cause/effect relationship, a residual effect, etc.

Guided Practice

  • Distribute supplies to the students
  • Instruct students they are to research events in their country and plot them on a timeline showing highlights of each event
  • Once completed, research events in a second country and plot those on a second timeline showing highlights of each event
  • Students are to then compare the two timelines and identify relationships between plotted events
  • Students will write a short explanation of how or why they believe some of the events are connected
  • They will research the events they feel may be connected and locate more information to either back up or refute their explanations
  • Allow some of the students to present their findings to the class

Independent Practice

  • The teacher will assign two random countries for students to research on the own. They will focus on related events and the connection between each country, reporting the results and then turning it in for assessment.


Ask the opening question again:  If a country votes to change the drinking age from 18 to 21, will the decision affect other countries?  Allow for more detailed responses.

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Assessment & Evaluation

The teacher will review the timelines for accuracy and understanding.  Assign students one or two more counties for study.

Modification & Differentiation

Students may work in pairs.  Students exchange completed timelines and compare/contrast relationships between two randomly chosen countries.  Increase/decrease number of years on the timeline.  Limit or set a specific number of events which must be documented.

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