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The Gam Saan Adventure - Are You Willing to Risk It?

Description: The discovery of gold in California in 1848 brought many people to California in search of riches. Thousands of Chinese immigrants, lured by the promise of gold and prompted by problems at home, joined others from around the world in the rush for wealth. You and your teammates have the opportunity to travel back in time to become some of the first Chinese immigrants to arrive in California. You will explore the reasons why Chinese prospectors came to "Gam Saan" (Gold Mountain) and their experiences in California once they arrived. You will then have three days to decide whether you want to travel back in time to be a Chinese prospector in California of the 1850's. Standards 4.4.2 and 4.4.3

Author: Kristen K. Lee, Oakland Museum of California

Lesson ID: 1035

The Road to California - A Journey to Freedom

Description: In the years following the Gold Rush, California was viewed as a land of opportunity. Thousands joined the Westward Movement and journeyed to the "Golden State" in search of a better life. But not all who traveled the road to California came of their own accord. Although California entered the Union as a free state, its laws did not prohibit slave owners from bringing slaves into the state. Such was the case of Biddy Mason, who in 1853 walked to California behind her master's wagon train. Biddy Mason's journey to freedom is an inspiring chapter in American history. Your task is to help the Oakland Museum develop an exhibit about her remarkable story. Standards 4.3.4, 4.4.3, and 5.8.4

Author: Gail Desler, Oakland Museum of California

Lesson ID: 1071

Westward Ho! An Internet Webquest on the Oregon Trail

Description: As travelers journeyed westward over the Oregon Trail, they experienced a whole new world! However, the path was very difficult with death, disease, and destruction taking their toll on those taking part in the 'great migration.' Over a 25 year period more than a half million people went west on the Trail. Some went in search of farmland while others traveled in search of gold. The glory years of the Oregon Trail finally ended in 1869, when the transcontinental railroad was completed. In order to gain a more complete understanding of The Oregon Trail, you must put yourself in the shoes of the pioneers who made their way across our great country! By studying the experiences these people had, you will gain a great deal of knowledge about the history of the United States, especially westward expansion. If you are willing to take on the challenges of working in a group, researching diligently, and sharing your information with others then you are ready to embark on the journey ahead! Standards 4.4.3, 4.4.4, 5.8.4, and 8.8.2

Author: Mendy Ann Wheeler, University of Richmond

Lesson ID: 1213

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