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Klondike Gold Rush Lesson Plan

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

The Klondike Gold Rush gives students a platform to learn about historical figures, and challenges people faced during this time. This lesson allows students to explore the Gold Rush from the perspective of a person living in that time period.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the challenges faced by miners and the indigenous peoples living in the Klondike during the Klondike Gold Rush
  • describe what life was like for people living in the region during that time period
  • give a brief background of how the Klondike Gold Rush began and ended

Length

  • Two 60-minute class periods (students may need to complete the project as homework)

Materials

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9

Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

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