Duration: 45 minutes
To be done by students individual or in small groups of 2 or 3.
Requires internet access to explore websites.
This activity may be done in class, if you have sufficient devices, or may be assigned as homework if students have internet access at home.
In this activity, students will explore the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, which they kept during their expedition to the Pacific coast, exploring the Louisiana Purchase. This interaction with primary documents (both the text from their journals and scans of the pages, complete with the men's own illustrations) spark curiosity in the time period, and foster an appreciation for the dangers that they faced. Students will report on what they see in these journals by recording some facts about the entries, drawing some of the sketches themselves, making note of how spelling has changed since the early 1800s, and reflect on what they learned.
This TPT purchase includes a PDF of the activity instructions, links to sites where you may access the journals, the worksheet students will use, and an answer key.