Siuslaw Middle School
2 class periods
Reading content for information
Students will read Jefferson’s letter to Congress and his letter of instructions to Meriwether Lewis. By skimming for information and answering questions about their reading, they will gain an understanding of events surrounding the planning of the expedition. They will better understand Jefferson’s forward thinking.
Students should understand the historic background of the Louisiana Territory to understand why the United States wanted to control it.
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.
The lesson can connect to geography, native studies, some math, and reading for understanding and writing.
Students will answer questons about materials.
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?
Two articles from the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia:
Computers with internet access.
Depending on classroom time and availability of internet, questions can be researched and answered at home.
Students will be graded on the understanding demonstrated in their answers to the questions. Students will be graded on supporting ideas and demonstrating thoughtful answers.
Students with special academic needs can be paired with other students or given only the more literal questions to answer.
TAG students would be expected to show a deeper understanding ingiving theiranswers.