Review student matrices made during "The Men of the Corps
of Discovery" lesson. The
matrices should include dates, locations, major events, weather
conditions, contact with Native American tribes, natural resources
being found and/or used in relation to six men on the Corps of
Discuss as a class some of the conditions encountered by these
men on the expedition, some differences among them based on experience
or rank, and the reasons for variance among their dates of service.
For example, Nathaniel Pryor was with the expedition from
beginning to end, while Charles Floyd was with the expedition only a
short time because he died from appendicitis.
Once the matrices have been created and discussed, assign
individual students one of the men from the list above.
Have students write three journal entries from the point of
view of their assigned men. One
journal entry should be from the beginning, one from the middle, and
one from the end of each manís service.
The journal entries
should be written as though the man himself was writing, and should
take into account the researched items on the matrix.
The journal should include the date, location, weather
conditions, the manís reaction to/involvement in/feelings about
major events, opinions or feelings about the Native Americans or others
on the expedition, and reference to any relevant discoveries of
Have students illustrate their journal entries or present them
in a creative way to the class.