Tudor Place

Human Timeline

Students “find their place” in history (literally!) as they work together to form a human timeline.

Foster interest in history — and get students moving and thinking — by supplementing current curriculum with these fun and engaging interactive timeline activities focused on four themes and eras: the American Revolution; the Civil War; the Nation, 1751 – 2008; and Tudor Place. Timelines use Georgetown and Washington, D.C., as their geographical base.

Audience & Objectives

Students in 5th to 12th grades are the primary audience for these exercises, which may also be of interest to teachers and parents. After completing the activity, students will be able to:

  • create a timeline about a specific group of events in American history
  • identify key vocabulary words associated with a specific group of events in American history
  • explore cause and effect over an extended period of time

National Learning Standards Alignment

2. Time, Continuity, and Change

  • Knowledge – Learners will understand:
    • The study of the past provides a representation of the history of communities, nations, and the world;
    • Concepts such as: chronology, causality, change, multiple perspectives, primary and secondary sources, and cause and effect
    • The contributions of key persons, groups, and events from the past and their influence on the present

5. Individuals, Groups, and institutions

  • Knowledge – Learners will understand:
    • That groups and institutions change over time
    • That groups and institutions influence culture in a variety of ways
  • Process – Learners will be able to:
    • Investigate conflicts between expressions of individuality and group conformity
    • Analyze the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change

Time Required

15-20 minutes


First, print the PDF using links below. Notice that event sheets do not show dates; this is deliberate. (If you have fewer students than there are events, feel free to use selected events in a timeline customized to your classroom’s needs. Alternatively, give some students more than one event to sort.) Use the answer key provided to confirm the sequence of students’ alignment and assess the accuracy of their date estimates.

  • Shuffle event sheets and hand out, one per student. (Note: The pages are organized chronologically, so do not hand them out in the order they print!)
  • Once everyone has an event, allow students to move around the classroom, discussing their events with classmates with the aim of arranging themselves in a line, sequentially, based on timing of their events.
  • After several minutes, students should have arranged themselves in a single line across the classroom from earliest event to most recent, with event pages displayed.
  • Ask each student to read aloud his or her event and guess the date on which it occurred.

Download the Timelines

Revolutionary War – With the Washington family connection a point of pride at Tudor Place, this timeline highlights some of the important events that occurred throughout the time leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
Civil War – The Civil War divided our nation, its capital, and the Tudor Place estate. This timeline highlights significant events of the conflict, with a specific focus on the Capital City.
Our Nation – From the establishment of D.C. as its capital to the election of the first African-American president, this timeline emphasizes key moments in our nation’s history.
Tudor Place – Following six generations of the Peter family as well as the enslaved workers and paid servants who lived and worked on the property, this timeline highlights key moments that shaped the estate.