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Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Physical Education

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Activity Description

Have students choose one set of five consecutive letters from the Rinker collection and take notes on what life was like in a mining town. Students should seek information about what was eaten during the boomtown years in mining towns, the costs of given items, and common sports and pastimes. Using page layout software, create a news journal (e.g., Time Magazine, Newsweek) with students acting as feature editors for sections including national and local news, sports, and food and beverage.

Standards Addressed

  1. History
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. H2.4.2: Describe the experiences of pioneers moving west.
      2. H2.4.4: Identify the diverse population of Nevada's early settlers and discuss their unique experiences.
      3. H2.4.6: Explain how United States conflicts affected life and society in Nevada.
      4. H3.4.2: Recognize that communities include people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, and who make contributions to Nevada.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. H1.[6-8].7: Explore the lure of the West and the reality of life on the frontier as it relates to communication, farming and water issues, mining, and ranching.
      2. H1.[6-8].8: Describe the contributions of immigrant groups to the emerging American culture.
      3. H1.[6-8].10: Describe the role of farming, railroads, and mining in the settlement of the West.
      4. H2.[6-8].1: Summarize the contributions of the diverse populations of Nevada's early settlers.
      5. H2.[6-8].3: Describe how compromise and conflict among peoples contributed to political, economic, and cultural divisions.
      6. H2.[6-8].6: Describe the effects of tourism and gaming on Nevada.
      7. H2.[6-8].7: Describe the goals and accomplishments of labor unions in Nevada.
    3. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. H1.[9-12].5: Identify the causes and analyze the consequences of labor movements in the United States.
      2. H3.[9-12].2: Describe the rise of corporations and analyze working conditions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  2. Language Arts
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. 5.4.1: Explore a topic to plan written work.
      2. 5.4.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details introduction, and conclusion.
      3. 5.4.3: Revise drafts for organization, focused ideas, voice, audience, purpose, relevant details, word choice, and sentence fluency.
      4. 5.4.7: With assistance, select a publishing format appropriate to the audience and purpose.
      5. 7.4.5: With assistance, focus attention to solve problems by identifying, synthesizing, and evaluating data.
    2. Grade 7 Standards
      1. 3.7.7: Explain the influence of time periods.
      2. 4.7.6: Verify information by referencing other sources.
      3. 5.7.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details, introduction, conclusion, and transitions.
      4. 5.7.7: Select a publishing format appropriate to the audience and purpose.
      5. 6.7.1: With assistance, write essays and compositions that use various organizational structures and stylistic devices.
      6. 6.7.6: Write persuasive essays and compositions that include a thesis statement, supporting evidence, relevant evidence, cause/effect structure.
      7. 6.7.7: Write a variety of communications in appropriate formats.
      8. 7.7.5: Focus attention to solve problems by identifying, synthesizing, and evaluating data.
      9. 8.7.3: Communicate information by maintaining a clear focus, following a logical sequence, and illustrating information with media aids.
    3. Grade 12 Standards
      1. 1.12.5: Apply knowledge of content specific vocabulary in text to build comprehension.
      2. 3.12.7: Analyze the influence of historical events and culture.
      3. 6.12.2: Write multiple paragraph papers about experiences and/or events that are appropriate to audience and purpose that include logical sequence, character, setting, plot, dialogue, figurative language, and sensory details.
      4. 6.12.7: Write a variety of communications in appropriate formats.
      5. 6.12.9: Write research papers by choosing and narrowing a research topic, locating and collecting information from primary and secondary resources recording information, paraphrasing and summarizing information, organizing collected information, documenting source.
  3. Physical Education
    1. Grade 5 Standards
      1. 1.5.1: Utilize vocabulary to differentiate between more complex game-like strategies (i.e. offense, defense).
      2. 5.5.4: Identify similarities and differences in games, sports and dance from other cultures.
    2. Grade 8 Standards
      1. 1.8.1: Describe a strategy for sport utilizing appropriate vocabulary.
      2. 5.8.4: Demonstrate a multicultural physical activity to others (i.e. dance, games, and sports).
    3. Grade 12 Standards
      1. 1.12.2: Integrate discipline-specific knowledge to new physical activities.

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