of California school children have studied the Westward Movement from
a single perspective: European. The vital role played by African-Americans
in the building of a state has often gone untold. In this unit you
will have the opportunity to research and publish the story of an
extraordinary woman - Biddy Mason.
The California Department of Education has listed Biddy Mason (and
as one of the women "who helped build early California."
The Department of Education does not explain exactly why and what
it believes all 4th graders should know about Biddy Mason. If you
had a time machine and could travel back to Caledonia in the 1850s
and meet with Biddy Mason, what questions would you have for her?
task is to team up with a partner and develop twelve in depth questions
about the challenges and obstacles faced by Biddy Mason as well as
her accomplishments. Once you have your questions ready, you will
begin the research process in order to arrive at answers that truly
capture the spirit of Biddy Mason. Your final product will be done
in two steps:
One: A "publishable" transcript of your interview with
Biddy Mason. Be sure to read the scoring
guide for a full credit transcript.
Two: A live interview with Biddy Mason. Be sure to read the scoring
guide for a full credit live interview.