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        Montana | Activity 6.7: Virginia City - Gold Rush!

        Students watch a video about Virginia City, Montana, and learn about what role the gold strike in Alder Gulch played in the early history of the city. They then write a two-minute dramatic scene to perform in class at a later time.

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch a video about Virginia City, Montana, and learn about what role the gold strike in Alder Gulch played in the early history of the city. They then write a two-minute dramatic scene to perform in class at a later time.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Montana | Unit 6: Settlement & Migration to Montana," a study of how and why Montana attracted diverse settlement.

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        3.3: Describe and illustrate ways in which people interact with their physical environment (e.g., land use, the location of communities, methods of construction, the design of shelters). 

        3.4: Describe how human movement and settlement patterns reflect the wants and needs of diverse cultures. 

        4.1: Identify and use various sources of information (e.g., artifacts, diaries, photographs, charts, biographies, paintings, architecture, songs) to develop an understanding of the past.

        Supplemental Standards:

        Helena District 3.3: Explain how physical environment affected the land use, location, and development of Montana; determine how location affected the choice of food, clothing, and shelter for Montana’s native tribes and early settlers.

        Helena District 3.4: Describe how human movement and settlement patterns reflected the wants and needs of diverse cultures in Montana history. 

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        Directions

        1. Explain to students that, in 1863, gold was discovered in Alder Gulch, near what would become Nevada City and Virginia City, Montana.
        2. Tell students they will be watching a video about Virginia City and the early days of Montana’s Gold Rush. [Note that this video depicts the “time of lawlessness,” and shows a reenactment of a hanging. To avoid showing the violence of the vigilante era, the video can be stopped at 3:00.]
        3. Play the video, Virginia City: Rise and Fall. [4:33]
        4. Ask students to imagine what it might be like to live in Virginia City during the gold rush. Tell them they will write a two-minute scene to possibly act out in class.
        5. Distribute the Plot Ideas handout, and let students have a few minutes to choose an idea or make up their own.
        6. Students work quietly and independently to develop their scene.
        7. (Optional: Students volunteer to cast, rehearse, and present their scene to the class at a later time.)

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