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Using a variety of online resources, learners study life and society in California during the gold rush. They use a map to identify area where gold was located, explore pre-selected websites, describe mining practices, and create an advertisement to the transcontinental railroad. All these activities culminate in a portfolio and an interesting essay.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this Western Expansion lesson, students conduct research to find out how the Transcontinental Railroad fueled territorial expansion in the United States and Canada. Students write essays about the immigration influx, the adjustment of Native Americans, or the trip west for settlers.
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine the historical significance of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Golden Spike Ceremony in Promontory, Utah, which honored its completion. In one activity they plan and recreate a grander, more appropriate Golden Spike ceremony.
Students investigate the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad. In this Transcontinental Railroad lesson plan, students research Internet and print sources regarding the effect of the railroad on Chinese immigrants and American Indians, railroad promotors, and passengers.
Learners examine the expansion of the U.S. into the West. In this Western Expansion lesson, students examine primary sources regarding emigration incentives to Americans and Canadians who moved West. Learners also explore the role of the Transcontinental Railroad in Westward Expansion.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this Transcontinental Railroad lesson, students conduct research as they complete the provided Web Quest about American society in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Students determine how the railroad changed the American West.
Students stop action and determine how history may have been altered. For this historical perspectives lesson, students consider how the Cherokee Removal, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Immigration Act of 1924, and the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki may have been different.