An interesting way for students to understand patterns of change and continuity in history is to construct timelines of significant historical developments, which may appear in years, decades and centuries. Timelines convey the time period of events and processes, and therefore a reflection of how we perceive time. The direction of events in a timeline suggests that time and history proceed in a line and events in history do not repeat themselves in exact ways. History incorporates change. It must also be remembered that events do not necessarily occur in isolation, but exist in relationship to one another, in a context. Therefore timelines help students to identify and grasp the sequence in which events develop and understand the relationship between events. Some events may occur before others, thus suggesting the possibility of cause and effect. Timelines enable students to construct timelines of people, of events, of periods, of developments and therefore extend their understanding of ‘progress’ in a chronological manner, identify events in a graphic manner, to see possible relationships and to grasp sequence.