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Dear America Seeds of Hope California Gold Rush Unit Study Activities

Dear America: Seeds of Hope
A California Gold Rush
Literature-Based Unit Study

Welcome to our new student-created series of literature-based mini unit studies!

This unit is based on the book Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 from the Dear America book series. In easy-to-read diary form, the Dear America book series is popular with children who enjoy historical fiction and also for otherwise reluctant readers. While many of the titles are fictional accounts, several are based on stories of the authors' ancestors. All are well-researched and offer an enjoyable way for children to learn history. Much like the well-known Childhood of Famous Americans series, the Dear America books provide an accessible bridge between literature and history -- and many children "fall in love" with history -- and reading -- because of this delightful series of books. Unlike the American Girl series, you will find several titles in this series that interest boys as well as girls.

Our Seeds of Hope unit was written by almost-13-year-old Hannah Penn. She lives in Georgia, where she is a homeschooled student. Hannah will be writing more units from the Dear America Series for EasyFunSchool.com and she is open to requests! (Just use our "feedback" link at the left for more information.)

Seeds of Hope is divided up by Susanna's journal entries from January through September of 1849. To begin the series, click on the link for the first months she kept the diary, January and February:

Seeds of Hope: Unit One - January and February
Seeds of Hope: Unit Two - March and April
Seeds of Hope: Unit Three - May and June
Seeds of Hope: Unit Four - July and August
Seeds of Hope: Unit Five - September and Epilogue

Related Link:
EasyFunSchool.com's California Gold Rush Unit Study


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