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The Gold Rush
as part of Westward Expansion from Eureka!
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1848 - The Gold Rush
- Research the California Gold Rush taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
- 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 )
- 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!
- 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
Books - Overland; Shortcut; At the Diggings:
- California Gold Rush resources
- Gold Rush wagon train
- Gold Rush
- Gold Rush Fever
- The Gold Rush through the eyes of artists
- Blumberg, Rhoda. The Great American Gold Rush.
- Bloch, Louis. Overland to California in 1859. Ohio: Block and Co., 1990.
- Krensky, Stephen. Striking It Rich: The Story of the California Gold Rush. (1996)
- Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth. California Gold Rush: West with the Forty-Niners
- Hoobler, Dorothy. Treasure in the Stream (gold on Sutter's land)
- Ketchum, Liza. The Gold Rush.
As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to share the Gold Rush.
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