“Joaquin’s Gold” is a western adventure set in 19th Century California. Its main character is Joaquin Murrieta, the famous bandit. It’s based on Central California legends and is set in Pinnacles National Park. I wrote it for my 8th grade students thirty years ago and have rewritten it many times since. Beryl Belsky has kindly published the story on her Writer’s Drawer website:
I’ve made a common core short story unit for “Joaquin” available on the TPT site:
Joaquin has become one of my favorite characters. I’ve written eight stories for him and for California long before freeways. I hope to make them all available for teachers in the next few years!