Have students access (or access yourself ahead of time) the Lewis
and Clark Trail Web site to find out the Native American tribes
encountered by the Corps of Discovery throughout the expedition.
Divide class into small groups, and assign each group a tribe
to research. Have the
groups create posters, and be prepared to give an oral presentation
about their tribes. The
students should include the following in their posters/presentations:
Tribe name and
Location of the
When the Corps
encountered the tribe (year or season, depending what info is
the tribe's way of life and beliefs
information the Corps learned from the tribe
tribe had with the Corps
Provide research materials and poster-making materials, and
allow groups to work independently.
Have groups share their posters and presentations, and have
class take notes on each tribe. You
may want to have the class take notes in matrix format.
You can create a matrix using the assigned topics and tribes.
Keep the posters (and matrices) on display in the classroom as
a reference tool when discussing the relationships between the Corps
and Native Americans.
If you have enough groups or some "early finishers,"
you can include the first Native American Council and Sacajawea as
independent research topics.