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Interpret Information on a timeline

In this worksheet, students answer comprehension questions based on timeline information portraying the development of photography.

'Interpret Information on a timeline' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Explore Meaning

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Information texts can be presented in many different ways: paragraphs, tables, charts, timelines etc. This worksheet describes the development of photography in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

 

You will be asked questions about the content of the text and the way it is presented. Remember that you can look back at the timeline as often as you want to by clicking the Help button.

 

The development of photography

5th-4th Centuries B.C.

 

Chinese and Greek philosophers describe the basic principles of optics and the camera.

1th Centery A.D.

 

The first scientific descriptions of the camera obscura are made by the Iranian schientist Alhazen, but his work is never translated.

1664-1666

 

Isaac Newton discovers that white light is composed of different colours.

1727

 

Johann Heinrich Schulze discovers that silver nitrate darkens upon exposure to light.

1794

 

The first Panorama opens, the forerunner of the cinema.

1814

 

Joseph Nicephore Niepce achieves the first photographic image with camera obscura - however, the image requires eight hours of light exposure and the image fades.

1837

 

Daguerre produces the first daguerreotype - the first fixed image that does not fade and needs under thirty minutes of light exposure.

1840

 

The first American patent in photography is issued to Alexander Wolcott for his camera.

1841

 

William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process - the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies.

1843

 

The first advertisement with a photograph is produced in Philadelphia.

1851

 

Frederick Scott Archer invents the Collodion process - the images require only two or three seconds of light exposure.

1859

 

The panoramic camera is patented - the Sutton.

1861

 

Oliver Wendell Holmes invents the stereoscope viewer.

1865

 

Photographs and photographic negatives are added to protected works under copyright.

1871

 

Richard Leach Maddox invents the gelatin dry plate silver bromide process - negatives no longer need to be developed immediately.

1880

 

The Eastman Dry Plate Company is founded.

1884

 

George Eastman invents flexible, paper-based photographic film.

1888

 

Eastman patents the Kodak roll-film camera.

1898

 

Reverend Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.

1900

 

The first mass-marketed camera, the Brownie, is produced.

1913/1914

 

The first 35mm still camera is developed.

1927

 

General Electric invents the modern flash bulb.

1932

 

The first light meter with photoelectric cell is introduced.

1935

 

Eastman Kodak markets Kodachrome film.

1941

 

Eastman Kodak introduces Kodacolor negative film.

1942

 

Chester Carlson receives a patent for electric photography (xerography).

1948

 

Edwin Land markets the Polaroid camera.

1954

 

Eastman Kodak introduces high speed Tri-X film.

1960

 

EG&G develops an extreme depth underwater camera for the U.S. Navy.

1963

 

Polaroid introduces instant colour film.

1968

 

A photograph of the Earth is taken from the moon.

1973

 

Polaroid introduces one-step instant photography with the SX-70 camera.

1977

 

George Eastman and Edwin Land are inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

1978

 

Konica introduces the first point-and-shoot, autofocus camera.

1980

 

Sony demonstrates the first consumer camcorder.

1984

 

Canon demonstrates the first digital electronic still camera.

1985

 

Pixar introduces a digital imaging processor.

1990

 

Eastman Kodak announces Photo CD as a digital image storage medium.

How is the information about the history of photography presented?

As a chart

In paragraphs

As a timeline

In pictorial form

Which of the following presentational features are used in the timeline? Tick two boxes.

bold print

underlining

bullet points

diagrams

abbreviations

Which of the following statements is true?

The timeline is written in short phrases.

The timeline is written in complete sentences.

Look at the following statements and decide which ones describe timelines and which describe a text written in complete paragraphs.

 ParagraphsTimelines
helps the reader to understand the order that certain events took place
allows the writer to describe different aspects of the topic in depth
allows the reader to find information quickly
is suitable for information that is not historical

Is the timeline written in the present or the past tense?

Present tense

Past tense

The next five questions relate to the content of the timeline. Try to find the answers by scanning (looking for key words) rather than reading the whole of the timeline.

 

The first mass-marketed camera was called the Brownie. When was it first produced?

1898

1900

1902

1904

Who discovered that white light is made up of different colours? Write the name in the answer box.

What was the Panorama?

The first movie camera

An early type of cinema

The first negative film

The first digital camera

Who invented the modern flash bulb?

Eastman Kodak

Isaac Newton

General Electric

Polaroid

When was the first digital electronic still camera demonstrated? Write the date in the answer box.

  • Question 1

How is the information about the history of photography presented?

CORRECT ANSWER
As a timeline
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! This method of presenting information in chronological order (the order in which events happened) is called a timeline. Each section of a timeline begins with a date.
  • Question 2

Which of the following presentational features are used in the timeline? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
bold print
bullet points
EDDIE SAYS
Super try! The bold print highlights the dates and helps to separate the sections. The bullet points also help the different pieces of information to stand out.
  • Question 3

Which of the following statements is true?

CORRECT ANSWER
The timeline is written in complete sentences.
EDDIE SAYS
This timeline is written in complete sentences. However, many timelines are written in abbreviated forms to allow them to include more information without becoming too long. You've got this!
  • Question 4

Look at the following statements and decide which ones describe timelines and which describe a text written in complete paragraphs.

CORRECT ANSWER
 ParagraphsTimelines
helps the reader to understand the order that certain events took place
allows the writer to describe different aspects of the topic in depth
allows the reader to find information quickly
is suitable for information that is not historical
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Keep going! The information in a timeline is clearly ordered and set out in date order, making it easy for the reader to find information quickly. However, it does not allow the writer to go into depth about each separate event.
  • Question 5

Is the timeline written in the present or the past tense?

CORRECT ANSWER
Present tense
EDDIE SAYS
Although the events described took place in the past, it is common for timelines to use the present tense. If you are making a timeline of your own you can use either the past tense or the present tense, but once you have decided which tense you are using you need to stick to it.
  • Question 6

The next five questions relate to the content of the timeline. Try to find the answers by scanning (looking for key words) rather than reading the whole of the timeline.

 

The first mass-marketed camera was called the Brownie. When was it first produced?

CORRECT ANSWER
1900
EDDIE SAYS
Remember when we scan we just look for the key words in the text to find out the information we are looking for. This information is likely to be somewhere around the middle of the timeline. The quickest way to find the answer is to scan for the word 'Brownie'.
  • Question 7

Who discovered that white light is made up of different colours? Write the name in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
Newton
Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! This information will be found near the beginning of the timeline. You could scan for the words 'white light' or 'colours'. The text tells us that 'Sir Isaac Newton' was the first person to discover that white light is made up of different colours.
  • Question 8

What was the Panorama?

CORRECT ANSWER
An early type of cinema
EDDIE SAYS
It is not clear from the question where you will find the answer so you need to scan the whole text for the word 'Panorama'. Once you have found the key word you are looking for the explanation follows. Nearly there! Well done!
  • Question 9

Who invented the modern flash bulb?

CORRECT ANSWER
General Electric
EDDIE SAYS
Again you need to use the skill of scanning to find out the answer. The best way to find the answer is to scan the timeline for the words 'flash bulb'.
  • Question 10

When was the first digital electronic still camera demonstrated? Write the date in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
1984
EDDIE SAYS
High five! The idea of 'digital camera's' is a fairly modern idea so this information will be near the end of the timeline.
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