The Rise of Railroads: California

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Railways are an integral part of the history of California. Using a timeline format, class members connect major historical events to the rise of the railroads and their impact on the state. Activities include a mix of independent and collaborate work. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask pupils to research historical events and connections to the railroads
  • Put the research into a whole-class timeline
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners will need access to research materials, such as the internet
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Lesson plan can be adapted to a variety of geographical regions or states
  • Activities allow for activity and synthesis

  • Most research links do not work
  • Lesson plan features a large ad from Amtrak