those who are learning English as a second language. SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) teaching strategies have been incorporated into these units. 

The "Historical Background" section of this curriculum is intended for teachers. Historian Jim Rawls provides an overview of the events of the California Gold Rush, with particular emphasis on the experiences of people of color. The Gold Rush was California's, if not the world's, first major event widely documented through photography. Oakland Museum curators Drew Johnson and Marcia Eymann illuminate the contribution of photography to our understanding of this period in their essays. 

In many ways we are continuing to live out the legacy of the California Gold Rush. We hope that this curriculum series deepens students' understanding of the historical, cultural and environmental forces of the Gold Rush that shaped our state. By making our students aware that those forces shape their legacy, we hope they'll be better prepared to make informed decisions that will shape the region's future. 

Barbara Henry
Chief Curator of Education   
Janet Hatano
Education Coordinator

Volume 1 Introduction
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