Students move through discovery stations, analyze primary sources, and answer a document based question related to the expedition of Lewis and Clark.
Students begin this Common Core aligned lesson by analyzing the journal entries of Lewis and Clark to determine the success of the expedition. Students fill in their data collection page for each primary source as they rotate through the discovery stations. Ultimately, students will answer the document-based question according to their findings at each discovery station. A pre-writing organizer and rubric are included for the writing portion of this lesson.
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Teacher’s Guide & Lesson Instructions:
The lesson is broken down into three components: Background, Discovery Stations, and DBQ. The teacher’s guide provides ideas and tips for implementing each component of the lesson.
The student instruction page provides students with clear expectations for each portion of the lesson.
Discovery Station Data Collection Page:
Students will fill in evidence of Lewis and Clark’s findings in the correct column of the organizer as they move through the discovery stations, and read through the journal entries. The organizer is separated into four columns: animals, plants, geography, and Native Americans.
Discovery Station Posters:
Six station posters are provided. Each station poster contains two authentic journal entries, one from Lewis and one from Clark, spanning the years of their expedition. The posters can be blown up to a larger size, or multiple copies of each poster can be made for each station.
After completing the entire rotation of discovery stations, students use the prewriting page to organize their information in preparation for answering the document-based question.
DBQ Writing Rubric:
The writing rubric provides students with clear expectations and guidelines for completing the DBQ assignment.
Additional Lewis and Clark Resources:
Lewis & Clark Map Assignment and Sequence of Events Task Cards
Lewis & Clark Close Reading
Additional U.S. History Discovery Station Lessons:
Transcontinental Railroad Discovery Stations and DBQ (Primary Sources Included)
Immigration Photo Stations with Student Response Pages (late 1800s-early 1900s)
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