Gold Fever tells the story of when a town booms when something happens that brings a lot of people and work to the area. A town can go bust when disaster strikes or when resources run out. This book explores the cycle of boom and bust associated with the Klondike gold rush.
Features of the Book – Historical information, – Map, – Proper nouns including the names of people, places, and ships, – Numbers expressed in a variety of ways – 1890s, six months, $500,000, three kilometres, eight thousand, 1800, 60 000, Dredge Number 4, – Specialised vocabulary – gold rush, boom, bust, sluice, pan, claim jumper, prospectors, grubstaker, pay dirt, stake a claim, dredge, tailings, Purpose Gold Fever can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills and understandings: -interpreting information from historical photographs, – recognizing cause-and-effect relationships, – exploring antonyms, – retrieving and classifying the information in a text, – writing a narrative procedure, – recognizing the effect that resources industry and tourism can have on a community.
Themes covered in this book are: Change over time, Economics, History
Reading Level:23-24 (Silver)
Guided Reading Level24
GenreExplanation | Report
Theme/TopicChange over Time | Economics
Strategy/SkillsCause and effect | Information skills | Using graphic sources | Vocabulary and word study