This would be a great way to integrate technology. Students would really be able to feel as if they were there when these event occurred. We could make all kinds videos but also watch videos on important events in history. Youtube has all kinds of educational videos and resources.
Your students have awoken on an deserted island. How are they going to survive? Food, shelter, water, who knows? This project based learning activity asks students to problem solve and world-build, unlike anything they've done before. It brings together design, SS, art, writing, and collaboration. Go to the island and get lost. $
Resource: Stanford History Education Group. This is a website with lessons aimed at teaching middle school-aged students and above to "read like a historian;" the lessons require a high level of English language proficiency but could possibly be adapted for students who are at lower levels.
Blank World History Timeline - Wow!! This is a 100+ page FREE download that will allow you to make your own timelines for your social studies lessons. Great visual in a special education classroom. What a find. Go to: http://researchparent.com/blank-world-history-timeline/