This interdisciplinary and comprehensive unit begins following the reading of By the Great Horn Spoon, by Sid Fleishman. The characters from the book find themselves involved in the economic, social and political life of San Francisco at the time of the Gold Rush! They work to solve some of the challenges this colorful time in history presents, just as California becomes part of the United States. Students in the classroom “become” these characters and work to apply the principles of the state and federal Constitutions to protect freedoms. The unit concludes with a mock trial in which students help to provide arguments for one of the problems they face ~ illuminating the role of the judiciary. Note: Several lessons are preceded by podcasts to assist in the advancement of the authentic scenario students are challenged to solve ~ these podcasts are critical to the unit of study.
4.3 Students explain the economic, social, and political life in California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush, and the granting of statehood. Compare how and why people traveled to California and the routes they traveled (e.g., James Beckwourth, John Bidwell, John C. Fremont, Pio Pico).
4.5 Students understand the structures, functions, and powers of the local, state, and federal governments as described in the U.S. Constitution.
Dimension 2, Civic and Political Institutions
BY THE END OF GRADE 5:
Dimension 2, Participation and Deliberation
Dimension 2, Processes, Rules, and Laws
CA HSS ANALYSIS SKILLS (K-5): HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION
PART 1: INTERACTING IN MEANINGFUL WAYS
P1.4.1 Exchanging information and and ideas with others through oral collaborative discussions on a range of social and academic topics
11.a. Support opinions by expressing appropriate/accurate reasons using textual evidence (e.g., referring to text) or relevant background knowledge about content, with substantial support.
Selecting language resources
12.a. Use a select number of general academic and domain-specific words to create precision while speaking and writing.
TEXT TYPES AND PURPOSES:
PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF WRITING
COMPREHENSION AND COLLABORATION
PRESENTATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS
CRAFT AND STRUCTURE
2.0 WRITING APPLICATIONS (GENRES AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS)
Students write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences. Student writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the drafting, research, and organizational strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0.
Using the writing strategies of grade four outlined in Writing Standard 1.0, students:
2.3 Write information reports:
DEVELOPMENT OF THEATRICAL SKILLS
CREATION/INVENTION IN THEATRE
COMMUNICATION AND EXPRESSION THROUGH ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART
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