Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories


  • Aug 29 2010 3:02 PM

    Mary Kay Monson

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In this EDSITEment lesson, students research the Gold Rush era to provide authentic background for their own fictional prose. By "mining" online databases for primary texts and period photographs, students can explore the Klondike Stampede and glean from their visit sufficient period details to help them create their own narratives based on the Gold Rush. While the emphasis of this lesson is on history and research rather than literature, selections from Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" are used to provide focus and structure for students' research in online databases of primary sources, and to serve as models of vivid narrative prose for students' own stories. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 8

    Topics: Writing Strategies, English-Language Arts, United States History, Literature, History-Social Science