Essential Question:What was the significance of obtaining the Louisiana Purchase? What role did Lewis and Clark play?
Students work through document questions about why Jefferson wanted Louisiana, how the US obtained it, Jefferson's philosophical conflict, the Expedition of Lewis and Clark, and interaction with the Natives. Students are then asked to write a letter to the American people from Thomas Jefferson explaining the events surrounding the Louisiana Purchase, his decision, and how successful he believed the journey to be.
Includes: Docs, student answer sheet, and letter instructions.