Materials required: different colours of construction paper, markers, index cards, rope
Each treaty is detailed and written in the language of the period. The teacher will have to choose what information to give the students and explain it. Essential differences among the treaties has been highlighted.
Divide your class into pairs. Each pair is assigned one treaty. Give each pair a piece of construction paper (different colours) and a large marker. Have the pair fold the paper in half lengthwise. As you read out about the Chain of Treaties — on ONE side of the folded paper write the date in large numbers. On the reverse side of the folded paper have each pair write one or two words or a short sentence that describes what was said in that treaty. Copy the sentences onto an index card. There are ten treaties mentioned here. At the end of the treaties have the students arrange their papers on the floor in the correct order by date. String the treaties on one long rope and hang them across the classroom so that both sides can be read. After ten minutes of looking at the index cards, have each original pair in the order of the Treaties hold up their cards above their heads so that they can recite what they wrote on each card without looking at their card. This will help ensure that the pairs can collectively understand the order of the Treaties.
To reinforce the chain of treaties timeline, have the students complete the following animation.
Important note: Do not hesitate to click on “Pause” in the progress bar while looking at the animation, so you can observe more details in the pictures or the illustrations.