The Gold Rush
Like all of our Google Classroom Interactive Reading Historical Snapshots, this activity includes a Google Forms Quiz that enables students to test out of each section! This key concept for social science lesson was designed to be a Google Digital Interactive Notebook Reading activity! Students read large, clear font paragraph chunks about the geographic expansion and economic, political and social/cultural development of America during the Gold Rush while annotating the text with easy-to-use tools located in the margin. In this skill-based, history literacy activity students:
✅ Identify the main idea in passages
✅ Identify words that are unfamiliar to define later
✅ Summarize in fun, creative ways and
✅ Highlight important information
✅ Outline the history key concepts after each passage
✅ Answer essential questions that relate history content learned to their own lives
✅ Search for content-rich Google images into insert into a fun iphone format
✅ Take a Google Forms Quiz that is divided by section. Students can re-read the section and retake the quiz upon teacher request!
✅ This also includes a short primary source reading for students to analyze
This California Gold Rush and the 49-ers lesson plan is completely student centered! Content covered:
1. The Sutter's Mill and initial reports of gold
2. An explanation of who rushed in 1949 to find gold and the sacrifices that were made
3. The effects of the Gold Rush on the Native American population
4. How gold was mined and profit/population growth statistics
5. A summary conclusion on the long term effects of a diverse population in California and the development of cities like San Francisco and Sacramento.
This skilled-based Common Core literacy lesson can be done individually, in pairs or in groups! Teachers can simply assign this interactive history reading activity in the Google Classroom. This works great in a Google 1:1 environment or can work in any Computer lab! Both the quiz and reading activities download directly to your Google drive.
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US History includes content rich, primary source-driven United States history lessons and activities. Students use critical thinking, in our skill-based lessons that have student analyze historical documents, charts and primary resources. Our U.S. History units are also key concept based. Students analyze the growth and challenges faced by the United States through the use of the key concepts of federalism, republicanism government, diversity, territorial expansion, rights and liberties, labor systems and economy. A common theme throughout our lessons is that students support claims with evidence from secondary and primary source text.