The Louisiana Purchase Webquest and Video Analysis with Key - this is a 10 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 27 questions based on a TED-Ed video, A Crash Course U.S. History video, and an article from the History.com website.
Students will first be asked to watch two videos about the presidency of Thomas Jefferson and his role in the purchase of the Louisiana Territory. Jefferson's ideas of small government and his belief in supreme constitutional authority is compared to his ironic decision to buy the Louisiana Territory in one of the largest "Big Government" acts of all time. The size of the land purchased, the monetary compensation for France, and the overall benefit to the United States are also covered in the two videos. The History.com article gives students a historic overview of the Louisiana Purchase. Important figures and dates are discussed to help students establish a historical time frame for the event.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.