WebQuest

Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery

 

A WebQuest for intermediate students(Social Studies)

Mark E. Sanders

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Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Introduction

Image courtesy of National Geographic


The year is 1804. You have decided to travel with the Corps of Discovery from Washington, D.C. to St. Louis, Missouri, where Lewis and Clark will begin their trek into the unknown. You have already spent a year preparing from your trip, collecting supplies, and going through training. You are told that you will be working for the United States Government in hopes of gaining knowledge on plants, animals, Native Americans, and the geography of the West. You have been supplied with journals to record pictures and maps, and you have consulted other experts in your field to gain knowledge.

Task

From the Top of the Rocky Mountains to the depths of the Missouri River, the Western United States is calling out to you, "Come discover my many mysteries!" It is your job to become an expert member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. You will participate in research by: sifting though real journal entries written by Lewis and Clark; studying old maps and letters; examining photographs of strange looking animals and plants; stomping through the rivers and swamps with Sacagawea, uncovering the life of the Native Americans... viewing lands and rivers that had never been seen before by Americans back East

You will do all of your research using the Internet! However, you don't want to forget what you discovered. Therefore, while plowing through the West, be sure to record your findings in your field journal. After all, you need to be able to keep Thomas Jefferson informed of your experience! Lewis and Clark are counting on you to do just that.

Process

Answer the following questions:

What were the reasons for the expedition?

Pick 5 supplies that you think were important and tell why.

Go through the timeline and choose 10 important events to include in your powerpoint presentation.

What were the three objectives when dealing with the Native Americans ?

Choose 4 Native American tribes. Tell about them and their interactions with the expedition.

Pretend you are one of the members of the expedition and write an autobiography.

Who was Sacagawea? What was her role on the expedition?

Find out about the dog that went on the expedition.


Take notes and gather information about the journey. Include any interesting facts you find. Collect images that relate to your information. Design a powerpoint presentation to show President Jefferson your in-depth knowledge of the adventure.

 

Evaluation

Rubric – Lewis and Clark Webquest

 

Beginning the Expedition

1

Staying Afloat

2

Navigating the Waters

3

Accomplished Explorer!

4

Objective:  Reasons for the Expedition

You have given 1-2 reasons for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

You have given 1-2 reasons for the Lewis and Clark Expedition and you have provided some details about each reason.

You have given 3 or more reasons for the Lewis and Clark Expedition and you can give some details on each that you list.

You have given 3 or more reasons for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Your presentation and discussion show that you know a lot about the subject and that you’ve gone above and beyond what was expected for this part of the assignment.

Objective: Analyzing the supply list

Your supply list includes 1-2 items that were taken on the expedition but you didn’t include any details about why they were needed.

Your supply list includes 3-4 items that were taken on the expedition.

You can share some detail about why some of these items were needed by the explorers.

Your supply list includes 5 items that were taken on the expedition.

You can tell the class about why each item was needed for the expedition.

Your supply list includes 5 or more items that were taken on the expedition and you know why the explorers selected each item.

You include some ideas of other supplies they might have selected if they were exploring in the year 2002.

Objective: Recreating the timeline

Your timeline includes some important events from the expedition.

Your timeline includes 6-8 important events from the expedition.

You included important facts or information about some of the events.

Your timeline includes 8-10 important events from the expedition.

You included important facts or information about most of the events.

Your timeline includes 10 or more important events from the expedition.

You included important facts or information about each of the events.

Objective: Relating to the Native American

You included some important pieces of information that Lewis and Clark discussed with the Native Americans.
You included detailed information about several tribes that Lewis and Clark met during their journey.
You included 2-3 important pieces of information that Lewis and Clark discussed with the Native Americans.
You included some details in describing the information that Lewis and Clark needed to share with the Native Americans.
You included detailed information about 3-4 tribes that Lewis and Clark met during their journey.
You included 3 important pieces of information that Lewis and Clark discussed with the Native Americans.
You included details in describing the 3 pieces of information that Lewis and Clark needed to share with the Native Americans.
You included detailed information about 4 tribes that Lewis and Clark met during their journey.
You included 3 important pieces of information that Lewis and Clark discussed with the Native Americans.
You included details in describing the 3 pieces of information that Lewis and Clark needed to share with the Native Americans. For example, you described the “Great Father” so that others will understand what it represents.
You included detailed information about 4 tribes that Lewis and Clark met during their journey.
You shared information about how the tribes reacted to Lewis and Clark.

Objective: Meeting the members of the expedition

You wrote an autobiography on one of the members of the expedition.
You provided important facts about this person.
You wrote an autobiography on one of the members of the expedition.
You provided several important facts about this person and information on the important role they played in supporting the expedition.
You wrote a detailed autobiography on one of the members of the expedition.
You provided 2-3 important facts about this person and information on the important role they played in supporting the expedition.
You wrote a detailed autobiography on one of the members of the expedition. That shows you really researched this person and but yourself in his/her place.
You provided 2-3 important facts about this person and information on the important role they played in supporting the expedition.

Objective: Getting to know Sacagawea

You shared some information about Sacagawea that included why she was an important person for Lewis and Clark to meet. You shared detailed information about Sacagawea that included why she was an important person for Lewis and Clark to meet. You shared detailed information about Sacagawea that included why she was an important person for Lewis and Clark to meet.
You shared information about what kind of person you think she was.
You shared detailed information about Sacagawea that included why she was an important person for Lewis and Clark to meet.
You shared information about what kind of person you think she was.
You answered the question: “Would Lewis and Clark’s Expedition been successful if they had not met Sacagawea?” Why or why not?

 

       

Powerpoint/Oral Presentation Rubric

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Posture and Eye Contact Slouches and/or does not look at people during the presentation. Sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact. Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation. Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.
Comprehension - What did you learn? Student is unable to accurately answer questions posed by classmates about the topic. Student is able to accurately answer a few questions posed by classmates about the topic. Student is able to accurately answer most questions posed by classmates about the topic. Student is able to accurately answer almost all questions posed by classmates about the to
Preparedness Student does not seem at all prepared to present. The student is somewhat prepared, but it is clear that rehearsal was lacking. Student seems pretty prepared but might have needed a couple more rehearsals. Student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed.
Speaks Clearly Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word. Speaks clearly and distinctly most ( 94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, but mispronounces one word. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words.
Content Does not seem to understand the topic very well. Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic. Shows a good understanding of the topic. Shows a full understanding of the topic.
Listens to Other Presentations Sometimes does not appear to be listening and has distracting noises or movements. Sometimes does not appear to be listening but is not distracting. Listens intently but has one distracting noise or movement. Listens intently. Does not make distracting noises or movements.

 


Conclusion

CONGRATULATIONS! You have successfully avoided the jaws of the grizzly bears, the attacks of the Blackfeet Indians, and have returned to St. Louis in one piece! You have one last mission. Take the online expedition to see if you have learned how to survive the journey of the century.


Credits & References

I wish to thank Missy Lanza, Samantha Levin, and Molly Decker,

A special thanks to Christy Blauer-Ziegler. My mentor and friend.

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