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This Gold Rush lesson is included as part of the Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny Unit, located here:
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In this highly-engaging activity, students are introduced the entirety of the 1849 California Gold Rush.
Students learn about the creation of the Gold Rush, who was involved, how people traveled, the struggles they faced, the laws of supply and demand, the cultures that thrived (and those that didn't), and how the population of the region surged!
Students are guided through this exploration with primary source documents, secondary source texts, a variety of images, graphs, and charts! Too, each section of this exploration concludes with a page (4-8 questions) of very focused common-core aligned questions that force students to go back into their text to justify their answers.
The sections of this activity are as follows:
- Catching the Fever
- Traveling to "Gold Country"
- Life in "Gold Country"
- Too Late? Too Bad!
- An Equal Gold Rush for All?
- The Birth of San Francisco
- San Francisco and California Population Growth
Each section contains very demanding and engaging Common-Core geared questions!
This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!