The purpose of this lesson is to enhance students’ reading and writing skills in the area of social studies. Consisting of eight numbered paragraphs, the lesson describes the discovery of gold in California, and how the secret got out to cause the “Gold Rush.” The lesson explores the effects of gold fever; such as the business opportunities in the boom towns. One paragraph is devoted to the origin of Levi Strauss’ blue jean business. The last paragraph is about California becoming a state in 1850. Following the informational text, students answer ten multiple choice questions for the reading skills of: 1) determining main ideas, 2) identifying details, 3) identifying causes and effect, 4) drawing conclusions and 5) vocabulary. At the very end of the lesson students are asked to imagine they are making a journey in a covered wagon to “strike it rich” in California. On the diary outline I provide, they write four diary entries describing their travels along the way. The ninth page is the answer key. There are also two drawings of mining prospectors, a drawing of a wagon train to complement the diary, a photo of John Sutter, and a photo of a group of gold miners from all over the world.
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