For Educators: Teaching Units & Lesson Plans:
Preparing for the Trip
INTRODUCTION TO UNIT
Target Grade Level:
This unit focuses on preparations for the expedition. It provides background information on Thomas Jefferson as the trip's inspiration and looks at reasons for Jefferson's interest in the expedition, including geographic, economic, and scientific aspects. The rest of the unit uses Lewis's trip to Philadelphia as a foundation for students to consider the importance of preparation. Students will understand some of the challenges inherent in preparing for the unknown. By reading primary and secondary documents, students will learn about the people and institutions of Philadelphia that made it a good place for Lewis's preparations. They will learn how discoveries can be guided and shaped by expectations, supplies, and knowledge. Students will reflect upon the idea that our life is a journey of discovery, and along the way we need to prepare by predicting what we will need to have and what we will need to know.
Explore Connections to Today for this unit.
Preconceptions shape preparation.
KEY KNOWLEDGE OBJECTIVES
KEY SKILL OBJECTIVES
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT SUGGESTIONS
Ongoing assessments are in the form of in-class assignments and homework. In class, students analyze, compare, contrast, and synthesize primary and secondary sources through the use of graphic organizers such as Venn diagrams, charts, and paired reading.
Students will also evaluate one another's work or work as a whole class.