Thursday, January 5, 2012

Website Spotlight: Gold Rush


Website URL: http://museumca.org/goldrush/fever.html

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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These are the specific sections I ask my students to work through:

Part 1
http://museumca.org/goldrush/fever01.html

a. Lure of Gold

b. California [especially the two subsections entitled "Californio" and "California Indian"]

c. Discovery

d. First Finds

e. The News

f. Across Land

g. By Sea

Part 2
http://museumca.org/goldrush/fever-part2.html

a. Elephant

b. Miner's Life

c. Prospecting [work through all five of the subsections]:

Chinese Camp
Arrastra
Miwok Mining Site |
Coyote Hole
Long Tom

d. Commerce [check out the Levi Strauss example]

e. Entertainment

~~For reviews of this website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web)
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4915/
TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/23069

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Expansion

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

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