Help me give my students a robust understanding of the Gold Rush era using these fiction and nonfiction selections from varied perspectives. Students will develop their reading comprehension while better understanding how California has changed over time.
My fourth grade students are diverse and promising young citizens. Still, the odds are against them.
At my school, 98% of the students qualify for free and reduced price meals.
Statistically, kids with the same challenges in our district struggle to graduate. But the good news is that learning opportunities in early grades improve the likelihood of their success in adulthood.
When we invest in my students, we invest in the future. I aim daily to provide students with targeted instruction that meets kids where they are so that they can reach beyond their temporary limitations. When I have the right materials, I can help students learn in more unique and creative ways that match their individual needs and potential.
The materials that I requested in this grant build steps to that effort.
Students need good literature to gain access to history. In By The Great Horn Spoon!, students will join characters on an adventure to California in pursuit of wealth. In Chang's Paper Pony, readers will be able to identify with the interests of a Chinese child trying to find his way in the Gold Rush. What Was the Gold Rush? provides students with an entertaining and informative look at the era. The Chumash brings Native American perspective into the story of California's changes over time. The Gold Rush impacted the land and the people that had lived in California before its dizzying boom, and so I am making an effort not to exclude Native voices from the telling of this story.
My hope is to give students a well rounded view of California's most famous period of time.
The Gold Rush is a rich time in history because of all of the diverse life that hurried here in optimism. It is the time that made California the "Golden State." This history is the history that my students have inherited as young residents and I thank DonorsChoose for helping them to claim it more fully.
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