Corps of Discovery-Lewis and Clark
Author InfoMarsha Klosterman
Siuslaw Middle School
Type of Lesson
Reading content for information
Oregon State Standards:
SS.08.06.02 Trace the route and understand the significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
SS.08.SA.01 Clarify key aspects of an event, issue, or problem through inquiry and research.
Students will understand Jefferson's method of funding the Corps of Discovery
Students will understand the goals Jefferson had for Lewis and Clark to accomplish. They will also understand how he was looking forward into the future of the U.S.
Students will discover what it takes to outfit such an expedition.
Additional Learning Outcomes
1. How much did Jefferson request from Congress to fund the expedition? How much did the expedtition end up costing?
2. Name at least 3 goals of the expedition. Which one do you think was the most important?
3. How do these goals relate to "The Modern Man" and being a forward thinking person who was ahead of his time?
4. How should Lewis pay for things when his money and trading goods ran out?
5. How was Lewis prepared for this journey? What kind of training did he receive?
6. What were the gifts Lewis and Clark were to take to give to the Indians they met?
1. Go to Monticello website to find articles. Students can work in pairs or by themselves according to skill level. Students will skim and scan the three articles.
2. Students will answer question about what they read. Questions should be in written form, and then used for discussion about the expedition and the details it took to make it happen.
Two articles from the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia:
- Origins of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Letter to Congress)
- Preparations for the Lewis and Clark Expedition (with Jefferson's Instructions to Meriwether Lewis and Lewis's Packing List)