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Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • History
  • Geography
  • Language Arts

Related Artifacts

Activity Description

Review these artifacts to determine information about the community. Be sure to consider ads, pictures, map configurations, names of claims, and scale. Write a fictitious article that might appear in the local newspaper using data gathered from the artifact.

Standards Addressed

  1. History
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. H1.4.5: Identify contributions of immigrants in Nevada.
      2. H2.4.2: Describe the experiences of pioneers moving west.
      3. H2.4.4: Identify the diverse population of Nevada's early settlers and discuss their unique experiences.
      4. H3.4.2: Recognize that communities include people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, and who make contributions to Nevada.
      5. H3.4.4: Explain how advances in technologies have impacted Nevada, i.e., railroads, mining, and gaming.
    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].10: Describe the role of farming, railroads, and mining in the settlement of the West.
      3. H2.[6-8].1: Summarize the contributions of the diverse populations of Nevada's early settlers.
      4. H2.[6-8].6: Describe the effects of tourism and gaming on Nevada.
      5. H2.[6-8].22: Describe the effects of industrialization and new technologies on the development of the United States.
      6. H2.[6-8].29: Define mercantilism and explain how it influenced patterns of economic activity.
  2. Geography
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. G5.4.1: Identify and use intermediate directions on a compass rose to locate places on a map of Nevada.
      2. G6.4.3: Identify and describe the diversity and cultural traditions of Nevada's people, i.e., Native Americans, Basque communities.
      3. G7.4.2: List examples of movements of people, goods, and ideas into and across Nevada.
      4. G7.4.4: Describe historical and current economic issues in Nevada using geographic resources, i.e., illustrate demographic changes due to mining and gaming.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. G5.6-8.1: Use map elements, including scale, to identify and locate physical and human features in the United States and the world.
      2. G5.6-8.3: Make and defend a spatial decision using basic geographic vocabulary, tools, and concepts.
      3. G6.[6-8].6: Describe relationships between regions and belief systems and tell how these are important to cultural identity.
      4. G7.[6-8].2: Describe how movements of people, goods, ideas, and resources have affected events and conditions in the past and present.
    3. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. G5.9-12.7: Analyze and interpret Earth's physical and human features using appropriate geographic tools and technologies.
      2. G6.[9-12].5: Explain why places and regions are important to cultural identity and can serve as forces for both unification and fragmentation.
  3. Language Arts
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. 5.4.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details introduction, and conclusion.
      2. 5.4.3: Revise drafts for organization, focused ideas, voice, audience, purpose, relevant details, word choice, and sentence fluency.
    2. Grade 7 Standards
      1. 4.7.1: Evaluate information from illustrations, graphs, charts, titles, text boxes, diagrams, headings, maps.
      2. 5.7.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address, audience, purpose, supporting details, introduction, conclusion, transitions.
      3. 6.7.1: With assistance, write essays and compositions that use various organizational structures and stylistic devices.
    3. Grade 12 Standards
      1. 5.12.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details, introduction, conclusion, transitions.
 

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