We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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Lesson Plan 4

Immigration

Grade Level: 3rd and 4th

Standards: 3.3 (1) 4.3 (2, 3) 4.4 (1, 3, 4)

 

Objectives

1.  Explore why and how people traveled to California in the 19th century

2.  Become familiar with the location of California’s Central Valley on a map and how 19th century immigrants accessed it by land and by sea

3.  Explore the everyday lives of some of California’s 19th century immigrants

4.  Learn about the many cultural communities that immigrated to California in the 19th century ---the challenges they faced, the contributions they made, where they settled

5.  Learn about the ingenuity and inventiveness in the 19th century that helped make farming in California’s Central Valley possible

6.  Learn about the value of scrapbooks as primary source material

 

 Materials

1.  Historic scrapbook pages

2.  Internet access

3.  Scrapbook pages (blank)

4.  Scrapbooking supplies

 

 Activities

1.  Down load pages from historic scrapbooks.

Discuss with students what the pages tell about the person or family that put  the scrapbook together, about the period of time when it was made, etc.

2.  Find someone you know who has a scrapbook (a parent, grandparent, friend, neighbor) and look through their scrapbook with them.

3.  Break the class into groups---set each group up to create a scrapbook that would have been made by a particular 19th Century California pioneer.

Examples:

1. Someone living at Sutter’s Fort

A 49er

A family who immigrated from another country to a farm in the Valley

Someone immigrating to California on a train

Someone immigrating to California on a wagon train

Chinese immigrant from China who worked on railroad in the 1870s and then settled in Fresno’s Chinatown

2.  Talk with students about the range of things a scrapbook might include:

Clippings from newspapers

Photos

Poems

Diary-like entries

Hand-drawn pictures

Maps

Pressed leaves, flowers

Objects of sentimental value (e.g., hair ribbon, medals, hair, piece of fabric, feather)

Letters received from others

Greeting cards

Recipes

Lists

3.  Instruct each group to:

collect research on the individual whose scrapbook they are to make use that research to design their scrapbook----list the pages and the content to be covered on each page

assign each member of the group page(s) to produce including the cover

assemble the scrapbook

Ask each group to share their scrapbook with the rest of the class.  Use each scrapbook as a teaching tool to explore early California history.

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