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The Gold Rush

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1848 - The Gold Rush


  1. Research the California Gold Rush taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character involved in the Gold Rush use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries. (Student interpretation - character )
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how the Gold Rush came about
    • contains information of what happened during the Gold Rush either at the diggings, overland to California, or using the shortcut across Panama, Nicaragua, and Mexico to California
    • uses supporting details to explain how the Gold Rush affected the growth history of the United States!
  4. Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the Gold Rush.

Online resources - Overland, shortcut to California, at the diggings
  1. California Gold Rush resources
  2. Gold Rush wagon train
  3. Gold Rush
  4. Gold Rush Fever
  5. The Gold Rush through the eyes of artists
Books - Overland; Shortcut; At the Diggings:
  1. Blumberg, Rhoda. The Great American Gold Rush.
  2. Bloch, Louis. Overland to California in 1859. Ohio: Block and Co., 1990.
  3. Krensky, Stephen. Striking It Rich: The Story of the California Gold Rush. (1996)
  4. Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth. California Gold Rush: West with the Forty-Niners
  5. Hoobler, Dorothy. Treasure in the Stream (gold on Sutter's land)
  6. Ketchum, Liza. The Gold Rush.

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