California is not only the setting of this story but the name of the main character. California is not excited about her new life in California and is constantly planning ways to return to her home state of Massachusetts. Explore what life was like for the prospectors and those living in the Gold Rush communities as they struggled to survive and prosper. Practice writing interesting and varied sentences, integrating prepositional phrases into writing, and working through the writing process to produce a persuasive essay.
This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the social studies Unit 3: Westward Expansion.