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What is a natural resource, and what resources did the Lewis and Clark expedition seek? After reading an article on the mapping of the west, learners get into small groups to discuss the important natural resources of the period. They conclude by taking on the perspective of Meriwether Lewis and writing a business letter to President Jefferson presenting the findings of the expedition.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Cross-curricular connections to geography and science
Cons

  • Activity is heavily dependent on student research
  • Instructor may wish to provide a great deal more instructional materials and background information
Included Materials

  • The Mapping of the West
  • Activity
  • Assessment
  • Lesson Plan
  • Project