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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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Trip Planning

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 3 days

The class will be divided into four groups. Each group will plan a different aspect of the Lewis and Clark journey, through research (online and text), so that each member of the group become an expert. The topics include: communication, economic incentives, survival challenges, mapping, what to take on the trip, etc...

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.

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Observations, Student Work, Interview/Conference