Human Timeline

This is an activity that is meant to be used after you have finished asking a story.

  1. Break the story into chunks. If you have a smaller class (15ish students or fewer), each student can have their own chunk of the story. If you have a bigger class, several students may have the same piece of the story.
  2. Each student should have time to memorize his or her chunk of the story.
  3. Assign a “Beginning” point in your room (one corner) and an “End” point (the opposite corner).
  4. Students will line themselves shoulder-to-shoulder up to create a timeline for the story, from beginning to end. They do this by saying their segment in L2 to a classmate and listening to his or hers, then deciding which one happened first.
  5. If more than one student was assigned the same chunk, they line up front to back in the same horizontal position on the line.
  6. After students have decided that they are in the correct position, run down the line and have each student say his/her chunk LOUDLY in order to check them for accuracy.


  1. […] Translate these sentences into the target language, scramble them, and give them to students on a worksheet. Students can work individually or in partners to put them back in order–either by numbering them or cutting them apart and physically re-arranging them. Alternatively, you could divide the class into groups of 15, hand out a strip with one of the events written on it to each the students in the group, and have them physically form a human timeline. […]


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