Are you looking for a meaningful way to integrate writing in your social studies classroom? Try historical journals! A great way to integrate narrative writing and history! Instead of pioneer journals maybe American Revolution journals or titanic journals
Gold Rush Activities and Projects are fun and engaging with this California Gold Rush Interactive Notebook Unit! grade students through middle school students love learning about this part of the Westward Expansion!
Activity: Make gold rush biscuits (part that's applicable to this time frame), build the Transcontinental Railroad out of craft sticks (covered in a later unit on cowboys), and more! My lessons are geared toward grade level children.