I teach at a school in an urban setting. I have a wonderful group of students, most of whom have been with me since first grade. I expect to take this class all the way to 8th grade. As a Waldorf school, we thrive on experiential learning and take field trips to expose the children to the world around them. We enjoy learning about history, biology, art, theater, gardening, and farming, through field trip experiences.
They are a great group of students who can not afford a private education.
We strive to make our school accessible to all.
This real-life experience will help them to feel what a sailor's life was like during 1870. It is authentic and will last the rest of their life.
The adventure begins in 1851 in San Diego Bay.
California has just become the thirty-first state. Students have just heard the news of the discovery of gold and decide to try their “luck” in the diggings of Northern California. Students must negotiate with an agent for passage to San Francisco. Once aboard, students prepare the vessel by moving cargo and setting sail. They may, however, be surprised by the persuasive attempts of a variety of historic characters extolling the virtues of their “hidden agendas".
Upon conclusion of the voyage, students must decide on their own destiny. They must elect to remain aboard and adapt the life they have come to know as sailors, or to jump ship to face the uncertainty of the gold fields.
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