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Lewis and Clark Explore America

By David Cross
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"The driving question is: How would the Lewis and Clark Expedition prepare you to be on "Survivor?""
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and Standards


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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • We cannot make gains without risks
  • Perseverence is a key component of success
  • In order to understand the present, we must understand the past
  • Cooperation is a key component of success
Learning Objectives
  • Students will create a web page which discusses the challenges faced by Lewis and Clark
  • Students will produce a video interview which also discusses those challenges
  • Students will conduct a video interview between a 'Survivor' and Lewis and Clark
  • Students will research the planning required for the Lewis and Clark journey and the challenges faced
  • Students will become an expert in one phase of exploration planning
California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Eight
Listening and Speaking
ELA.8.1.0. Listening and Speaking Strategies
Organization and Delivery of Oral Communication
ELA.8.1.3. Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression, and tone to the audience and purpose.
History and Social Science
Grade Eight. United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict
HSS.8.4. Students analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation.
HSS.8.4.1. Describe the country's physical landscapes, political divisions, and territorial expansion during the terms of the first four presidents.
HSS.8.8. Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the West from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.
HSS.8.8.2. Describe the purpose, challenges, and economic incentives associated with westward expansion, including the concept of Manifest Destiny (e.g., the Lewis and Clark expedition, accounts of the removal of Indians, the Cherokees' "Trail of Tears," settlement of the Great Plains) and the territorial acquisitions that spanned numerous decades.
HSS.8.8.4. Examine the importance of the great rivers and the struggle over water rights.

NETS-S (National Educational Technology Standards for Students)
6 - 8
III. Technology Productivity Tools
III.2. Apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum.
IV. Technology Communications Tools
IV.1. Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., Web pages, videotapes) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom.