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ERIC Number: ED461603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Exploration and Colonial History. Grade 4 Model Lesson for Unit 3, Standard 4.3. California History-Social Science Course Models.
Wendling, Laura
California was considered a special prize by the United States years before its acquisition. Its harbors opened to East Asian trade, and its fertile valleys beckoned settlers to make the great trek west. In 1845, Captain John C. Fremont took a surveying party into Mexican-held California. Following a war of skirmishes and battles with Mexico, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war in 1848, with Mexico turning over California and New Mexico to the United States and accepting the Rio Grande as the western boundary of the state of Texas. The war's end brought settlers west, and the discovery of gold, which set off the California Gold Rush, enticed thousands of people to move to California. Students learn about the economic, social, and political life of California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush and California statehood. Suggested implementation for the lesson is 7 class periods. The lesson plan presents teachers with adaptations for their classrooms; discusses the significance of the topic; lists focus questions; features literacy links; covers suggested materials for the lesson; and provides information and student activities, dividing the topic into: "Beginning the Topic,""Developing the Topic," and "Culminating the Topic. The lesson assessment is integrated with the instruction and occurs throughout the lesson. The focus questions provide a framework for the evaluation of the unit. Extended/correlated activities are suggested. Resources are listed for the sample topic and for other topics. Additional information is appended. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California