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Unit #7: Westward Expansion - Our Manifest Destiny Fulfilled
Learning Target: I can EVALUATE the impact of the completion of the Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad on America's Manifest Destiny.

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Follow the directions below.  You will be creating a tab for your learning targets and a page for this assignment. 
 
 1.  Copy the learning target above into your LiveBinder.  Be sure to include today's date. 

 2.  Create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "Our Manifest Destiny Fulfilled". 

 3.  Now click on "content" > "text" > "text-media" option. 


Wagon Leader Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: The Gold Rush
 
1.  Yeee haw partner!  This lesson is the last part of the trail!  However many pioneers will find this to be the most dangerous part of the trail!!!  Follow the directions below to get your wagon group to
     their final destination and to begin your new life in the west!  

2.  Direct each member of your wagon group to explore boxes 1 - 16 in the materials about the "California Gold Rush".  As wagon leader, you must make sure that each member of your wagon group is taking their
     time to really look at each resource.  If your wagon group members try to rush though the assignment, play games, message each other, etc. you could have some serious problems on the trail. 

    

3.  Have each member of your wagon group list 10 facts they learned about the California Gold Rush while exploring the materials in their LiveBinder text box. 

4.  When each member of your wagon group has completed this chore, conduct a discussion with the other members of your wagon about the Gold Rush.  Ask each member of your wagon group to share two
     facts about the Gold Rush they listed in their LiveBinder. 

5.  Now using the facts your group learned about the Gold Rush, have the members of your wagon group answer the questions below in their LiveBinder text box.   As wagon leader be sure to check to make sure
     that everyone in your wagon group has completed these activities and that they have the correct answers. 
   
    A.  Define the following terms: Forty-Niner / Vigilante  / Sutters Mill 

    B.  Where was gold discovered in California?

    C.  Who discovered the Gold in California?

    D.  When was gold discovered in California? 

    E.  Explain two methods used by Forty-Niners to find gold in California.

    F.  Describe 2 effects of the Gold Rush on California.

    G.  How did California's population become so diverse?  


6.  Once these important questions have been answered, have each member of your wagon group do and Internet search for an image of the gold rush.  Ask them to upload it to their binders. 

7.  As wagon leader, do an Internet search for "Where does gold come from?"  and "Where can Gold be found on Earth today?"  Place this information in your LiveBinder textbox and share it with the other
     members of your wagon group. 

 ** This is important partner, as wagon leader, check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed their chores to avoid any "problems" on the trail!


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 Chore #2: The Gadsden Purchase

1.  Now that you have learned about the California Gold Rush, someone in your wagon group will need to complete today's extra chore.  You can ask for a volunteer or you can chose a member of your group. 

2.  The other members of your wagon group will now be learning about the final piece of the puzzle which is the Gadsden Purchase.  As wagon leader, tell each member of your wagon group explore boxes 22- 28
     in the materials about the "Gadsden Purchase". 

3.  While exploring the materials, have each member of your wagon group make a list of 5 facts about the Gadsden Purchase in their LiveBinder textbox. 

4.  When each member of your wagon group has completed this chore, conduct a discussion with the other members of your wagon about the Gadsden Purchase.  Ask each member of your wagon group to share
     one fact about the Gold Rush they listed in their LiveBinder. 

5.  Now using the facts your group learned about the Gadsden Purchase, have the members of your wagon group answer the questions below in their LiveBinder text box.   As wagon leader be sure to check to
     make sure that everyone in your wagon group has completed these activities and that they have the correct answers. 
   
    A.  The Gadsden Purchase makes up the bottom of which states?

    B.  Explain why United States wanted to buy the Gadsden Purchase? 

    C.  How much did the United States pay for the Gadsden Purchase?

6.  Be sure to check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed this chore (unless they are completing the extra chore)
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 Chore #3: Transportation and Communication 

1.  Now that you have learned about the Gadsden Purchase, tell each member of your wagon group explore boxes 29 - 39 in the materials about the "Transcontinental Railroad and the Telegraph". 

2.  While exploring the materials, have each member of your wagon group make a list of 5 facts about the "Transcontinental Railroad" and 5 facts about the "Telegraph" in their LiveBinder textbox. 

3.  When each member of your wagon group has completed this chore, conduct a discussion with the other members of your wagon about the Transcontinental Railroad and the telegraph.  Ask each member of
     your wagon group to share one fact about each of these that they listed in their LiveBinder. 

4.  Now using the facts your group learned, have the members of your wagon group answer the questions below in their LiveBinder text box.   As wagon leader be sure to check to make sure that everyone in your
     wagon group has completed these activities and that they have the correct answers. 
   
    A.  What was the first telegraph message sent to California?  What year was it sent?

    B.  Explain how a telegraph works?

    C.  What groups of people helped build the Transcontinental Railroad?

    D.  Where did the Transcontinental Railroad begin?  Where did it end?

    E.  What companies built and owned the transcontinental railroad?

    F.  What was the "Credit Mobilier Scandal?"

6.  Be sure to check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed this chore (unless they are completing the extra chore)

7.  Now have the student that completed the extra chore share what they learned during this lesson with the rest of the wagon group. 

        
 ** Look dude, this is important!  As wagon leader, check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed their chores to avoid any "problems" on the trail!

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Wagon Rider Activity:


Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: The Gold Rush
 
1.   Explore boxes 1 - 16 in the materials about the "California Gold Rush". 

    

2.  List 10 facts they learned about the California Gold Rush while exploring the materials in their LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Participate in a discussion with the other members of your wagon about the Gold Rush.  Share two facts about the Gold Rush with your group.

4.  Answer the following questions using what you have learned.  You may also use an Internet search. 
   
    A.  Define the following terms: Forty-Niner / Vigilante  / Sutters Mill 

    B.  Where was gold discovered in California?

    C.  Who discovered the Gold in California?

    D.  When was gold discovered in California? 

    E.  Explain two methods used by Forty-Niners to find gold in California.

    F.  Describe 2 effects of the Gold Rush on California.

    G.  How did California's population become so diverse?  


5.  Do and Internet search for an image of the gold rush.  Upload it to your binder. 

6.  Listen to your wagon leader discuss "gold."


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 Chore #2: The Gadsden Purchase

1.  One member of your group needs to complete the extra chore. 

2.  Explore boxes 22- 28 in the materials about the "Gadsden Purchase". 

3.  Make a list of 5 facts about the Gadsden Purchase in their LiveBinder textbox. 

4.  Participate in a discussion with the other members of your wagon about the Gadsden Purchase.  Share one fact about the Gold Rush with your group. 

5.  Answer the questions below in your LiveBinder text box using what you have learned.  You may also conduct an Internet search.   
   
    A.  The Gadsden Purchase makes up the bottom of which states?

    B.  Explain why United States wanted to buy the Gadsden Purchase? 

    C.  How much did the United States pay for the Gadsden Purchase?

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 Chore #3: Transportation and Communication 

1.  Explore boxes 29 - 39 in the materials about the "Transcontinental Railroad and the Telegraph". 

2.  While exploring the materials, have each member of your wagon group make a list of 5 facts about the "Transcontinental Railroad" and 5 facts about the "Telegraph" in their LiveBinder textbox. 

3.  Participate in a discussion with the other members of your wagon about the Transcontinental Railroad and the telegraph.  Share one fact you learned with the group.

4.  Answer the questions below in their LiveBinder text box.  

    A.  What was the first telegraph message sent to California?  What year was it sent?

    B.  Explain how a telegraph works?

    C.  What groups of people helped build the Transcontinental Railroad?

    D.  Where did the Transcontinental Railroad begin?  Where did it end?

    E.  What companies built and owned the transcontinental railroad?

    F.  What was the "Credit Mobilier Scandal?"

5.  Listen to your wagon mate explain the information they learned doing the extra chore.





Wild West Wild Card Activity:

Extra Important Chore!: Visualizing History!
 
1.  Hey Dude!  Glad you could help your fellow wagon riders with this important chore.  Please do the following steps below. 

2.  Please open a blank PowerPoint file.  You will be placing your work into this file so that you may share it with your fellow wagon riders. 

3.  Conduct an Internet search to find an image for each of the following: Sutter's Mill, James Marshall, the Great Salt Lake, Gadsden Purchase, Map of the Gadsden Purchase,  the telegraph, Chinese workers
     building the Transcontinental Railroad, Promontory Point.
 Place each image into its own PowerPoint slide with an appropriate title. 

4.  Save your PowerPoint file to your computer and then upload it to your LiveBinder.  You may need to create a subtab to do so. 

5.  Share your presentation with the other members of your wagon group.

    

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