LESSON PLANS


Native Americans of the Lewis and Clark Trail
Submitted by: Christine McCoid
Lesson Overview
Concept In this lesson, students will research and present information about the Native American tribes encountered by the Corps of Discovery throughout the expedition.
Performance Objectives

Students will be able to:
1.  Use research skills.
2.  Relate important facts about Native American tribes encountered by the Corps of Discovery.
3.  Use oral presentation skills.

Materials

1. List of Native American tribes encountered by the Corps of Discovery.  This can be found at Lewis and Clark Trail Web site.
2. Research materials
3. Poster paper and poster-making materials
4.
Computer(s); Internet Web browser

Procedures

1.  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.

2.  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 leader

  • Location of the tribe

  • When the Corps encountered the tribe (year or season, depending what info is available)

  • Description of the tribe's way of life and beliefs

  • Resources or information the Corps learned from the tribe

  • Relationship the tribe had with the Corps

3.  Provide research materials and poster-making materials, and allow groups to work independently.

4.  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.

5.  If you have enough groups or some "early finishers," you can include the first Native American Council and Sacajawea as independent research topics.

Teacher Notes

Refer to content in the "Indian Country" article. 

Student Assessment Tools Oral presentation; visual presentation

Students will be assessed on:
1.  Accuracy and completeness of information about assigned tribe.
2.  Cooperative group work and class participation.
3.  Oral presentation skills.

Related Web Sites Nations on the Lewis and Clark Trail: A listing of and information about the Native American nations encountered by the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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