"Early Salinas City History" (Lesson 1) by Donna Leary, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP). The focus question is, How has Salinas area changed over time? It utilizes a primary source, an 1874 photograph of the House to engage the student and get the student to answer, What can this photograph tell us about the Harvey House in 1874? Students follow-up with a visit to the House; here they are challenged by docents with questions and activities: What is different? What is the same?
"Growth of the Salinas Community" (Lesson 2) By Ms. Mary Zomorodi, UCBHSSP. This Lesson, two 45 min class periods draws from community resources. In this lesson, students learn how Salinas has grown from a Native American population living off the land and sea to a large national agricultural center. What is a primary resource? Why are they important? A visit to the House reinforces this question
"How the Railroad Changed the Agriculture of Salinas" (Lesson 3, Lesson 3B, Lesson 3C) (Lby Kay Lunine, UCHSSP. The Lesson Plan (three 45 min class periods) focuses on the question, How did the railroad change the economy of the Salinas community? In particular: Why were the conductor and caboose important to the successful operation of the railroad train?
Students follow-up with a visit to the House and extend that visit to the adjacent Salinas Valley Railroad Museum, where a tour to a restored caboose is coordinated (right).