The whole class can get involved in this skit, if you like!
This is a re-enactment of the meeting between Captain Lewis and a band of Shoshone Indians. Small world, the chief ended up being the long lost brother of Sacagawea, who was traveling with Lewis and Clark by this time. This was incredibly good fortune for Lewis and Clark.
This re-enactment is based on Meriwether Lewis's writing. Anything in quotes represents his words. This is an excellent enhancement to any lesson about the Lewis and Clark expedition. It lasts about 10-15 minutes.
I use this with my students and they really have a fun time re-enacting. I love the parts that have the student actors (say something in Shoshone). It's fun to see how they deal with that.
This is different from most of my other plays/skits on TeachersPayTeachers because the teacher is reading Lewis's account and the students are acting it out. Check out the preview.
There aren't as many speaking parts. I am the narrator and the students are acting out the scene. We have a ton of fun with this in class. Here are some of the questions I ask students after we are done:
• Why do the Shoshone keep running away?
• Why do you think the 12-year-old girl and the old woman just sit down and bow their heads?
• What does it mean when Lewis keeps making a show out of laying his rifle down?
• 60, yes 60 Shoshone warriors are bearing down on Lewis and the three men with him, what do you think was going through their minds?
• In some classes, students want to fire on the Shoshone. Okay, how would history be different had Lewis and his men fired on the Shoshone war party?