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Create a Timeline of Democracy

Inspired by Carmen Sandiego Episode 7, kids design a timeline of important events in the spread of democratic ideals.

Chart the Spread of Freedom!

In Episode 7, Carmen tracks down the stolen Magna Carta. Kids learn more about the importance of the Magna Carta and the spread of democracy as they create a timeline of key historical events.

Activity Instructions

Kids create a timeline showing important events in the spread of democratic ideals.

Estimated Time: 30–45 minutes
Materials Needed: Reference materials, writing materials, timeline templates

  1. If needed, review how a timeline works, with time evenly divided and labeled.
  2. Instruct kids to make a timeline of important events in the spread of democratic ideals and democracy. They should include the signing of the Magna Carta, the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the writing of the U.S. Constitution, and Indian Independence. They should also include the years three other countries became democracies.