Ages: 16-18

  • British Columbia History
  • Canadian History
  • British North American Colonial History
Key Topics
  • Daily life in the Crown Colony of Vancouver Island around 1858
  • Important events in the historical development of British Columbia
  • Primary and secondary source analysis including visual sources
  • Continuity and change in history

Author: Lindsay Gibson
Editors: Roland Case, John Lutz and Jenny Clayton
Historical Researcher: Jenny Clayton
Developed by: The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2)

Daily Life in Victoria before and after the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush

Step 5: Analyze post-gold rush images and texts

Inform students that their task is now to learn about daily life in Victoria during the post-gold rush period. You may want to distribute the eleven source documents found in #10 Post-Gold Rush Sources in one of several ways:

As was done previously, distribute multiple copies of the activity sheet, #2 Portrait of Daily Life, so that students have one copy for each page of source documents they are to analyze. Remind students to focus on the aspects of daily life that best apply to the documents they are analyzing. After completion of the activity, you may want evaluate the assignment and/or invite students to use the rubric, #4 Assessing Observations and Inferences, to assess their own or each others’ work.

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