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  • 1. Unit 2: Gold Rush – Facets of History Part 1 Mr. Ragsdale EDUU 566 Image from http://www.history-for-kids.com/california-gold-rush.html
  • 2. Unit Objectives
    • Explain the effects of the Gold Rush that can be seen today in California, such as the locations of major cities.
    • Identify major travel routes to California during the Gold Rush era.
    • Analyze various reference materials to aid in writing.
    • Write an informative report, using facts and details to convey understanding of research resources.
  • 3. Gold Rush: Video Scavenger Hunt
    • Download the Video Scavenger Hunt form for Unit 2.
    • Click on the hyperlink below to go to my website to watch several videos about the California Gold Rush.
    • http://sites.google.com/site/mrragsdaleseducationpage/home/4th-grade-history---gold-rush/unit-2-gold-rush-videos
    • Answer the questions on the form for each video and turn it in to the dropbox.
  • 4. Lecture
    • The Gold Rush was one of the most significant events in California history. It brought people from all over the United States and the world in search for gold.
  • 5. Lecture
    • In January 1848, James Wilson Marshall discovered gold while constructing a saw mill along the American River northeast of present-day Sacramento.
    • The Gold Rush lasted from 1848 – 1851. In that time, over 300’000 people came to California to search for gold.
    From: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/pfcaliforniagoldrush.htm
  • 6. Website - Eduplace
    • Go to http:// www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/ca/books/bkc /
    • Click on the e-word game to test your knowledge of the vocabulary words. Be sure to select “Chapter 5”.
  • 7. Assignment 1: Research Journal
    • Directions:
    • You will research a facet of history.
    • Choose a topic to research from the list found in the Unit 2 folder.
    • Download the research journal.
    • Start researching your topic, looking for important information that relates to your topic, as well as images, illustrations, and photographs.
    • Be sure to list your sources!
  • 8. Assignment 2: PowerPoint Report - Rough Draft
    • Directions:
    • Using the information you have gathered in your research journal to create a PowerPoint presentation on your topic.
    • Your audience will be your fellow students.
    • This week, you will need to include a title slide, an introduction slide that talks about your topic, and some images and information, as well as a beginning resources slide.
  • 9. California State Standards - History
    • History Standards
    • *    4.3: Students explain the economic, social, and political life in California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush, and the granting of statehood.
    • *    4.3.1: Identify the locations of Mexican settlements in California and those of other settlements, including Fort Ross and Sutter’s Fort.
    • *    4.3.2: Compare how and why people traveled to California and the routes they traveled. (e.g. James Beckworth, John Bidwell, John C. Fremont, Pio Pico).
  • 10. California State Standards - History
    • 4.3.3: Analyze the effects of the Gold Rush on settlements, daily life, politics, and the physical environment (e.g. using biographies of John Sutter, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, and Louise Clapp).
    • *    4.3.4: Study the lives of women who helped build early California (e.g. Biddy Mason).
    • *    4.3.5: Discuss how California became a state and how its new government differed from those during the Spanish and Mexican periods.
    • *    4.4.2: Explain how the Gold Rush transformed the economy of California, including the types of products consumed, changes in towns (e.g. Sacramento, San Francisco), and economic conflicts between diverse groups of people.
  • 11. California State Standards – English/ Language Arts
    • Literature and Language Arts:
    • 2.2 Reading Comprehension: Use appropriate strategies when reading for different purposes (e.g., full comprehension, location of information, personal enjoyment).
    • 1.7 Writing strategies: Use various reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, card catalog, encyclopedia, online information) as an aid to writing.
    • 2.3 Write Information Reports
    • a. Frame a central question about an issue or situation. b. Include facts and details for focus. c. Draw from more than one source of information (e.g., speakers, books, newspapers, other media sources).