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*****Gold Rush Tunes*****

*****Gold Rush Tunes*****



Eureka! Living in the gold country, we all share a rich heritage of history. And many of us have found the treasure of the gold rush songbook. As "the world rushed in" in 1849, these songs did as well:

Oh! California, The Days of ’49, Clementine, Sweet Betsy from Pike, Seeing the Elephant, Joe Bowers, Ho! For California! (On the Banks of the Sacramento), A Rippin' Trip, Life in California, Skip to My Lou

Live music! Sing along with Karla and Mark (in period dress) as they entertain and inform with accompanying video (including the song lyrics), historical storytelling, humor, amazing facts, and audience participation in an hour-long program. Your group will love the interaction and great music. Guaranteed to make everyone catch gold fever!

Karla is the Education Director of the Folsom Historical Society and a former music and English-language development teacher. She also is a lead singer in the local classic rock band, Boomer. Mark is a musical docent for the Folsom History Museum and a recently retired elementary reading specialist, English-language arts, and history teacher. 

Karla and Mark perform at venues throughout Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, and Amador counties: schools, senior communities, the Folsom History Museum, libraries, and service organizations. 

For fourth grade classes, Karla and Mark provide a two-hour interactive learning adventure. Prior to the Karla and Mark's visit, teachers are emailed the Gold Rush lesson packet and the printable Gold Rush Songbook, featuring the song lyrics, historical background of each song, vocabulary, and comprehension questions. 

Karla and Mark's performance lesson includes choral readings, a short readers theater, tableau, and a special guided writing project in which students compose their own lyrics to one of the songs. Karla and Mark perform a sample of the student lyrics. Students learn about a wide array of musical instruments and get to play along with the performers. Your students will love these engaging standards-based activities. Make sure to invite parents to attend!

Email Mark at mark@penningtonpublishing.com for more information and to  schedule a memorable teaching performance.


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