Introduction /The Task /The Process /Resources /Evaluation /Conclusion


Search for the Pot of Gold! Where is it?? When can I get it??
How can I get it?? 

Gold was found in California and Alaska!! In the 1920s people believed the stock market would rule forever!! In the year 2000 again people are searching for that "pot of gold"!! A team of experts has been formed to experience the search for the pot of gold. They will follow people's dreams and see where it got them!!

This project is for you to understand and enjoy the way people followed their dreams and THEIR QUEST FOR THAT "pot of gold" and how it affected them and their surroundings.

When your search is over, you and your fellow researchers will give a  report to the Dreamers’ Board of Directors and discuss what happened when people followed their dreams and what dreams people are searching for in the year 2000.

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Develop a presentation to be given to the Dreamers’ Board of Directors about people's search for that pot of gold.. Include the following:

        1.   Keep individual notebooks detailing your research. These notebooks are to be handed in separately.
        2.  A group table comparing the three time periods – 1920s, gold rush, and today. Elements compared in the
            table would be how people made  money, were people happy, how did people get to where they made their
            money, did or will anything get lost or destroyed because of people's search.

    The duties of the people on the team are listed below. Resources are also listed below to help  take on your new responsibility.

    Your  task is to identify the conditions that resulted due to people's dreams for "that pot of gold".

    In this quest you will learn how to mine gold, what "the roaring 20’s" was about, how the stock market worked in the 1920s, ways people made money, how people followed their dreams, how transportation was used in the 1800s and 1920s, and how searching for that "pot of gold" affected people's lives. You will determine what is presently the quest for the "pot of gold" and compare today's quest to the other frontiers.

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    Within your group choose from the following roles:


    There is a team manager who will help coordinate the information.
    1. He will give suggestions as to what questions previously answered will be included in the conclusion.
    2. He will also suggest any additional information you might need for the final report.
    3. He will be responsible for editing the report if need be.
    4. He will also assist people in doing their project.
    5. Each student will answer their assigned questions and write them in their journal..
    6. Team manager will type up the conclusion.

Every student is responsible to read everyone else's report and participate in brainstorming the conclusion. The conclusion has to have fact connected to it.

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A prospector will be assigned to the group. He enjoys mining!!

The prospector is an expert on mining gold and the environment.

1.  He will give us his report on how gold is mined, where it is, if people are still mining and if so, what tools were used in the past and what are used today.
2.  The prospector also will report about what happened to the land due to mining for gold. Please look at what happened to the land as a factor in what happened in the search for gold.
3.  Was mining good for everyone? Did everyone benefit from it?.

The prospector will gather information on how gold was mined, and how gold affected the environment, are people still mining and if so, what tools are they using now.

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guide is part of the research group and will lead the group to their fortune hunting.

1.  He will explore the many paths people took to get to their search. Did they travel by boat, car, stagecoach, horses, or just sit in their home and telecommunicate?
2.  Under what condition did the people travel in?
3.  What sort of conditions did the people encounter and describe them.
4.  How long did people's trips take?
5.  What form of communication tool did people have during the gold rush, in the 1920s and now?
6.  What type of transportation did people use to make money in the 1920s?
7.  Did communication help with the search for the "pot of gold"? If so, in what way?
8.  Were there newspapers, email, letter writing, books, and television, during the gold rush and in the 1920s?
9.  Will transportation and communication play an important role in the 2000’s search for "pot of gold"? If so, in what way will it be part of the new frontier?

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 Bankers played a role in the gold rush, 1920s and now, in 2000 and therefore a banker is part of the team..

1.  What role did they play in the gold rush?
2.  Did the bankers make money from gold diggers?
3.  Did banks charge the gold miners money to accept their gold?
4.  Did other businesses benefit from the gold rush?
5.  If people didn't make money from the mining gold, how did they make their money?
6.  Was there a bank crash? What banks survived?
7.  Was there bank regulation during the gold rush, in 1920s, and in 2000?
8.  Did the California economy boom due to the gold rush?
9.  In the 1920s what type of investing was new? Were people buying stocks on margin in significant quantities in the 1920s? Was that a new type of investing in the 1920s ?
10. Where did the ordinary man get the money to invest in the stock market?
11. Did people ever have the opportunity to buy on installment plan before the 1920s?
12. What was everyone's view in the 1920s about the stock market?
13. Now, in 2000, what type of company stocks are people viewing as that "pot of gold"?
14. Is the stock market booming with those stocks in 2000? Have these companies made huge profits in the last few years?

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A sociologist is assigned to this research group.

1.The sociologist will view the gold rush and report on how the people got along. What did people do for a living in the gold rush country if they did not mine gold?
2.Where people happy during the gold rush?
3. Did they have to work hard to make a living?
4. Were people optimistic during the gold rush?
5  People are still mining gold now, are these people happy? Did they find their "pot of gold"?
6. Select a scene or character during either the California or Canadian gold rush and give exact details about one person
7.  In the 1920s, from observing the movie what was people’s attitude about the economy?
8.  Did they think the stock market would boom forever?
9.  Were people optimistic before the stock market crash?
10. What did people do, primarily bankers, when the stock market started to collapse?
11. In 2000, are people investing in the stock market?
12. What do people believe is the fastest and quickest way to make money?
13. Does every American citizen have access to the Internet?
14. Are people using new technology to make their lives better?

Sociologist  will be exploring the dreams and lives of the people during their quest for gold.

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    Explore the suggested links and any other information that is related to your roles. You should have available links to the gold rush, a great movie about the 1920s, and your life experience as well as newspaper articles that should help you get answers for the year 2000.
    After you have collected your information, meet with the other members of your group and decide what you will put in your final project.
    Make sure you keep your notes in your journal and document your notes as you write them. You will refer to them for your final project.
    With your group, based on the group’s research, define a “search for the pot of gold”. Brainstorm with your group, what people think is “their pot of gold” in year 2000.
    Create a presentation, which could be oral or written, about people’s search for the pot of gold. The Team Manager will help put information together. Everyone will contribute to this report.
    The report should contain a comparison between the three time periods – 1920s, gold rush, and today. Elements compared would be how people made money, were people happy, how did people get to where they made their money, did or will anything get lost or destroyed because of people’s quest for gold.

Each member of group will also write about what they discovered about people searching for their pot of gold. Has what they discovered changed their perception about the 1920s, or gold rush?   Team Manager make sure that every question in this quest is answered. If the questions are not assigned, designate a person to answer them.

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  "...and the story, written by an ingenious reporter named Beriah Brown, coined the phrase that flashed round the world: "At 3 o'clock this morning the steamer Portland from St. Michael for Seattle, passed up the sound with more than a ton of solid gold on board..." Brown had reckoned that the weight of the gold dust would sound more dramatic than its value. His instinct was right. By evening the phrase "a ton of gold" was being published by newspapers all around the world...

The information might have been fact or fiction. It didn't matter to the 100,000 stampeders who set out immediately for the Klondike.

 The following are suggested locations  to travel to complete this project. The answers are on these sites as well as in the 1920s movie you will see. As for the year 2000 quest, why don't you and your fellow researchers decide what the answers are.

Select a location of where gold was mined. Look at what happened to some of the people mining gold.

The People

Part 3: Chasing a Dream
Lost Latinos Lost ... Indians' Misfortunes ... Black Miners ... Chinese on "Gold Mountain" ... Real Women

These sites will help you answer questions, such as:  What did mining do to the environment? Describe ways gold was mined and how it affected the land and people. Was there any government regulation during this time?Are people still mining today? Is it considered serious business? What type of equipment was used in the 1850s compared to today’s mining equipment?

A state is born The road to statehood took a most unusual path.

Gold FeverModern 49ers
Are people still mining? Are they making any money? Is the technology different now then it was in the gold rush? Prospectors still prowl the hills in gold fever's grip.
Hillside treeA tree clings to a hillside in an eerie moonscape created by hydraulic mining at what's now Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Bee Photo: Dick Schmidt

Landscape ravaged
Gold Rush opportunists left state with legacy of environmental damage.

Streams poisoned by mercuryGRAPHIC
Used as a magnet for gold, mercury presents a serious environmental problem (approx. 80k)

Mining still tough

Hitting pay dirt is still hard today -- if not harder.

California's mining campsGRAPHIC

California's mining camps around 1850 (approx. 50k)

Many found themselves
Some found riches in California, but many discovered who they were, writes California state Librarian Kevin Starr.

Harnessing rivers
The pursuit of gold gave Californians the drive to launch perhaps the world's most extensive water system.

"A visit to the doctor was one ounce; a visit to a lawyer was an ounce. Dentist was generally half an ounce, depending on how many teeth you wanted out."-- Malcolm Rohrbough, a University of Iowa historian

The Legacy

As a result of the gold rush, what happened to the economy, and the environment:

Banks, businesses cashed in
'Mining the miners' gave birth to a sophisticated economy in California.

The evolution of gold miningGRAPHIC
Gold mining has changed with the times (approx. 150k)


Gold! Gold Rush in 1849 was one of the frontiers for the pursuit of the "pot of gold".What about the 1920’s? Wasn't that a wonderful exciting time? Wasn't everyone happy? Weren't there a lot of people investing in the stock market? Let's look at that frontier.
dancing fools graphicDancers.Time line of 1920s

In addition to looking at websites, we will see a film on the 1920s. This film gives you a glimpse of what people were experiencing during the 1920s and how they felt about their "pot of gold".

 Did people in the 1920s  think they would always make money?

To get an overview of why the stock market crashed in the 1920sk, you can look at these articles:  1929 STOCK MARKET CRASH!!

Is your "pot of gold" a new house? A new car? A new life? Making money developing new computer software? How about a relaxing beach house?

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You have just viewed two "new" frontiers. Are we envisioning a "new" frontier now? If so, what is it? Are there any similarities between the frontier of 2000 to the roaring twenties and the gold rush? If so, what are the similarities? What makes this frontier any different? What is the mood of the general public in 2000?

What is your pursuit for that pot of gold?

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Your report could be an oral or written report.It should answer every question listed above as well as have a conclusion.

Report should contain graphics (10 points), correct spelling and grammar (10 points), and content that includes reference to methods of transportation, investment, mood of the people in two time zones(40 points), team work and answering every question in this site (30 points), individual journal (10 points). Students have to support their ideas about the search for the "pot of gold".

GROUP BONUS QUESTION: When does the search end for that pot of gold?(additional 5points).

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