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California Gold Rush Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have everything you need to teach your students about the California Gold Rush. Help students learn about its impact on American history with a debate activity.

Lesson Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush
  • analyze the impact of the California Gold Rush

Length

40 minutes, plus 40 minutes for activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Key Terms

  • Popular sovereignty
  • Sutter's Mill
  • Forty-niners

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