I'm teaching a one semester HS elective for upperclassmen that is organised under the title "San Francisco Stories."
Problem: I've lived in the SF Bay Area for most of my life, but I don't know that much (read: almost nothing) about the specific movements or stories. The semester is organised chronologically with a major novel for each period (none of which I've read*):
Gold Rush (Crown of Dust
Great Earthquake (1906
1920's (Maltese Falcon
Beat Poets (Dharma Bums
Modern (The Golden Gate
I have from January to June to teach all of this. So that's about four to six weeks per unit. I also really don't like the beat poets. Like really really don't like. Also: I'm in Marin, so SF is literally a short ferry ride away.
*This is one of six new classes I was assigned a few weeks before school started at a new school. This year has been really intense and I haven't had time to read everything yet. Please don't judge me. I will read them before I teach them.
What I need:
--resources for creative projects that are uniquely San Francisco, ideally ones that will engage HS juniors and seniors but are pushing up to a beginning college level in terms of skill/critical thinking
--great web resources that present SF history in more than a wikipedia way
--ideas for field trips/speakers
--fun SF lore
--creative/expository well-written non-fiction to go with each of the units
--other stuff I don't even know I need
Any help you can offer