Life on the Lewis and Clark Trail
Submitted by: Christine McCoid
Lesson Overview
Concept In this lesson, students will build on the information they gathered in the lesson "The Men of the Corps of Discovery."  Students will take a personal look at the men of the Corps, and put themselves in the place of the men to relate feelings and experiences the men may have had.
Performance Objectives

Students will be able to:
1. Recognize hardships and circumstances of the men involved in the expedition.
2. Create journal entries recognizing various points of view.

Student Prerequisite Skills Students must have completed the research matrix from "The Men of the Corps of Discovery" lesson.

1. Online research materials, such as http://lewisandclarktrail.com
2. Related books, such as "How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and
Clark" by Rosalyn Schanzer (Scholastic, Inc., 1997)  or  "In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark" by Gerald S. Snyder (National Geographic Society, 1970) 
3. Computer(s); word processing software; Internet Web browser


1.  Review student matrices made during "The Men of the Corps of Discovery" lesson.  The matrices should include dates, locations, major events, weather conditions, contact with Native American tribes, natural resources being found and/or used in relation to six men on the Corps of Discovery.

2.  Discuss as a class some of the conditions encountered by these men on the expedition, some differences among them based on experience or rank, and the reasons for variance among their dates of service.  For example, Nathaniel Pryor was with the expedition from beginning to end, while Charles Floyd was with the expedition only a short time because he died from appendicitis.

3.  Once the matrices have been created and discussed, assign individual students one of the men from the list above.  Have students write three journal entries from the point of view of their assigned men.  One journal entry should be from the beginning, one from the middle, and one from the end of each manís service.

The journal entries should be written as though the man himself was writing, and should take into account the researched items on the matrix.  The journal should include the date, location, weather conditions, the manís reaction to/involvement in/feelings about major events, opinions or feelings about the Native Americans or others on the expedition, and reference to any relevant discoveries of natural resources.

4.  Have students illustrate their journal entries or present them in a creative way to the class.

Teacher Notes

Refer to content found in "The Expedition of the Corps of Discovery" article.

Student Assessment Tools Oral presentation, visual presentation, and written assignment:

Students will be assessed on:
1. Appropriate use of factual information in writing.
2. Oral or visual presentation of journal.
3. Participation in group work and class discussions.

Related Web Sites Lewis and Clark Trail"Roll Call" provides information about the people on the expedition.

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