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drawing of a small town by the bay, with boats in the water

Lantern slide of a drawing, SAN FRANCISCO IN NOVEMBER 1848. Autry Museum; LS.2831

Gold Rush Art Analysis

Resource Type
Grade Level:
Social Studies, Art
Gold Rush, California

Self-Paced Lesson 

Students look closely at two drawings of San Francisco from the Autry Museum, analyze the drawings, and make an educated guess about which historical event caused San Francisco to dramatically change over the course of one year by completing the Gold Rush Art Analysis activity.


CA HSS-4.3.3
CA HSS-4.4.2

Lesson and Resources

Lesson: Gold Rush Art AnalysisSpanish

Student Response Sheet: Gold Rush Art Analysis Fillable Student Response SheetSpanish

Associated Education Resources

Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments 

Whole Class In-Person Learning: Model Part 1 image analysis as a whole class, pair-share Part 2 image analysis, groups for Part 3 comparison of images. Class share out.

Whole Class Distance Learning: Screen Share Image in Part 1 and ask questions OR Jamboard with image and ask students respond via virtual stickies. Use breakout rooms for Part 2 image analysis, share out as class. Discuss Part 3 image comparison.

Tech Fun: Use VoiceThread, Jamboard or Padlet for image analysis.

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

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The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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