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Nevada Pioneers and Westward Expansion

TimeDec. 02, 2012

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:Nevada History

We will be starting out the week with students presenting their projects on one of Nevada's pioneers. Among the trailblazers on the list are John Fremont, Christopher "Kit" Carson, Peter Skene Ogden, Jim Beckwourth, Abraham Curry, and Jedediah Smith, to name a handful. As is typical for this class, the rubric is on the whiteboard in the classroom for quick reference. If you would like me to send you the rubric via e-mail, please drop me a line, and I would be happy to do that. Basically, students had to come up with ten pieces of information on the pioneer they were researching and find ten meaningful pictures associated with the information they gathered. I also allowed students to draw a large-scale drawing that also would depict understanding of the concepts. 

Later in the week, we will be starting a new unit on Nevada's role in the westward expansion. We will talk about Nevada's mining history and its significance in Nevada garnering statehood. Later this month, we will be heading to the McCaw School of Mines in Henderson for an interactive lesson on mining in the state. That field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19 at 12:30. We will be leaving right after the students eat lunch at around 12:45. We will be returning to the school at 2:30. Don't panic if we are a few minutes late. I am still looking for chaperones, so if you are interested, please send me an e-mail.

Homework will be associated with our unit on westward expansion, the Gold Rush in particular. Students will be answering the following question: What was the Comstock Lode? Students should write at least three sentences.

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop me a line.