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Teaching American History   •   George Washington

Land of Golden Dreams: California in the Gold Rush Decade



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Lesson Plans
Grades
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
4-12
Document Analysis Worksheet 
4-12
The lesson plans below are made possible through a generous grant from The Los Angeles Times/Times Mirror Foundation. 
 
The Widening World of  Books and Readers
World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times

The Literature of Upheaval
United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict 
8
A Nation Conceived in Liberty
Advanced Placement United States History
11
A Literature of Democracy

American Literature

11
Shakespeare's Universalism
British Literature  
11-12


Papers, Pens, and Prose


Vocabulary

The lesson plans below are made possible through a generous grant from The Los Angeles Times/Times Mirror Foundation. 
 
Lesson Plans  Grades   
The Development of Writing & Books, Part I
History and Geography
4-8
The Development of Writing & Books, Part II
History and Geography
4-8
Coming to California:  Juan Bautista de Anza Establishes a Land Route
California History
4
Washington's Rise Begins:  A Journal of a Noteworthy Journey
United States History and Geography  
5
The Latin Legacy:  Language as a Cultural Marker
World History and Geography 
6
A Changing Society:  Chaucer and the Medieval World
World History and Geography
7


Teaching American History

 

Lesson Plans  Grades   
American Biography: Six Important People from our Nation’s History
United States History and Geography
5
Cooperation and Conflict: American Indians and English Settlers in Colonial America
United States History and Geography
5
Early English Exploration and Settlement of the Colony of Virginia
United States History and Geography
5
The Corps of Discovery: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
United States History and Geography
5
Pennsylvania Colony: The Holy Experiment
United States History and Geography
5
Settlement of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies of New England
United States History and Geography
5
Religious Dissent (A Supplement to Settlement of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies of New England)
United States History and Geography
5
Slavery: A Crisis in the Making
United States History and Geography
5
Causes of the American Revolution: Soldiers and Civilians at War
United States History and Geography
5
Causes of the American Revolution: The Stamp Act Crisis
United States History and Geography
5
Causes of the American Revolution: Trouble in Boston
United States History and Geography
5
Triangular Trade
United States History and Geography
5
Benjamin Franklin: Colonial Printer and Journalist
United States History and Geography
5
The Bill of Rights
United States History and Geography
5
Freedom of the Press: The Trial of Peter Zenger
United States History and Geography
5
Created Equal: Inventing the American Republic
United States History and Geography
8
A New Birth of Freedom: Lincoln's Presidency and the Civil War
United States History and Geography
8
A House Divided: Slavery and the Civil War
United States History and Geography
8
The Constitution on Trial: the Internment of the Japanese During World War II
United States History and Geography
11
"Will you let Jim Crow hold me back?" The Poetry and Prose of Langston Hughes
United States History and Geography
11
Lampooning Injustice: Paul Conrad's Perspective on Civil Rights
United States History and Geography
11


The Great Experiment:
George Washington and the American Republic


Lesson Plans - Grades 8-11
Introduction to lesson plans  
Simple Truth ... Can Render His Fame Immortal  
Columbia's First and Greatest Son  
The Colony of Virginia as Far as the Mississippi
The Horse America Throwing His Master  
The Flood Gates of Civil Disorder  
No Evil Greater than Disunion  
North and South Will Hang Together if They Have You to Hang On
My First Wishes To See ... Slavery in this Country Abolished by Slow, Sure, and Imperceptible Degrees

 


Land of Golden Dreams: California in the Gold Rush Decade
1848-1858


The Land of Golden Dreams: California in the Gold Rush Decade, 1848-1858
Units of study were made possible by the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. Peter S. Bing and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Munger.  Additional funding was provided by Wells Fargo; Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act; the Times Mirror Foundation; Mrs. Helen Smetz; the GenCorp Foundation—Aerojet; and the Dorothy Clune Trask Murray Foundation.


Lesson Plans - Grades 4-5
 
The Adventure Begins: "Boys I believe I have found a gold mine!"
Getting There: "So you want to go to California?"
The Days of '49: "I've been toiling hard for the last two and one-half years"
The World Rushed In: "Who are these people...and how came they here?"
Legacies of El Dorado: "Here you can step out of your house and see the whole world spread out."
Lesson Plans — Grades 7-12  
"The march of civilization" (Manifest Destiny)
"The march of emigration is to the West, and naught will arrest its advance but the mighty ocean" (routes to California)
"...Down torrent and through the valley, ever rushes on the muddy sediment from the thousand busy rockers" (mining)
"If enny one wished to send out goods think I could sell them as well as enny man in California" (Gold Rush towns)
"All we want is an equal chance, an open field, and a fair fight" (racial diversity)
"An apron full of gold" (families)
"A Peck of Gold" (the Gold Rush in literature)
"A convention shall meet and frame a state constitution" (California constitution and statehood)

 





 

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