Students learn about the different jobs people had during the California Gold Rush using artifacts from the Autry Museum's collection. Students also pick a Gold Rush job and write an advertisement explaining why people should hire them for this job.
Lesson and Resources
Video: Gold Rush Jobs Video Series
Webinar: Gold Rush Jobs
Associated Education Resources
- Lesson: Gold Rush Art Analysis
- Video: Gold Rush: Prospector's Predicament
- Video: Gold Rush: Golden Economics
- Video: Gold Rush: Seven Cities of Gold
- Lesson: A Hidden History: The Chinese Community
- Lesson: California Gold Rush: A Significant Service
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person Learning: Group students into 5 Gold Rush jobs, group answers questions such as What is the name of the job? What did the job do? Which animals, supplies, or tools did this job use? Share to class. Work in groups or individually and present job ads to the whole class.
Whole Class Distance Learning: Student group breakout rooms based on 5 Gold Rush jobs. Groups answer questions such as What is the name of the job? What did the job do? Which animals, supplies, or tools did this job use? Share to class. Work in groups (via breakout room) or individually and present job ads to the whole class.
Tech Fun: Student presentations using Flip Grid or another online presentation app.
Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:
PHYLLIS H. BARBATO • MOLLY AND NEAL H. BROCKMEYER • FRANK H. COUNTNER AND SUSAN L. COUNTNER • DWIGHT STUART YOUTH FUND • EDISON INTERNATIONAL • DAVID F. EISENBERG • GEORGINA-FREDRICK CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION • THE KENNETH T. AND EILEEN L. NORRIS FOUNDATION • MAX H. GLUCK FOUNDATION • CHRISTY AND STEVE MCAVOY • ANN C. RONUS AND ROBERT E. RONUS • THE STEINMETZ FOUNDATION • VIRGINIA F. STEVENSON • UNION BANK • U.S. BANK