Chronological thinking is at the very heart of historical reasoning. Without a clear sense of historical time we are bound to see events as one great tangled mess. Events must be sequenced in time in order to examine relationships among them or to explain cause and effect.
Excerpted from: Michigan Curriculum Framework, Michigan Department of Education, 1996. For more information, contact the Office of Curriculum Development, Michigan Department of Education; 517-373-7248; http://cdp.mde.state.mi.us/MCF/default.html