Date Assigned: ____________________ Date Projects Due: __________
Purpose: This learning contract covers your investigation of the expedition of Lewis and Clark through the uncharted West. Several of the activities are required assignments, yet you have your choice for completing other activities as well. Activities may be completed independently or with a partner so be sure to read all directions carefully. Check off each box once you have completed an activity.
Concept Question: What did Lewis and Clark learn on their journey through the West?
1. Read the following stories independently:
Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog’s Tale by Laurie Myers (anthology selection pages 44 – 60)
3. Together with a partner, use a computer to research three of the
Individually write notes on findings and events Lewis and Clark experienced along their epic journey across North America. Include information about the animals and plants discovered, natives encountered, geography, and climate. You will need to turn in a copy of your notes with your completed work in your learning contract folder.
Discuss your findings with your partner to make sure you understand them.
Game: Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark!
4. Journal Entries
Work independently using your notes to write five different journal entries from the viewpoint of either Lewis or Clark describing what they may have learned on their journey.
Each journal entry must have a main idea and at least four supporting detail sentences. Be sure to include the date of each journal entry and opinions that Lewis or Clark may have been thinking about their trip or the days’ events.
Attach a copy of your journal entries to your completed work in your learning contract folder.
Journal Entries – Grading Rubric
Journal Entries and Main Ideas
Four journal entries are completed with main ideas clearly stated.
Three journal entries are completed with main ideas clearly stated.
Two journal entries are completed and/or main ideas are not clearly stated for each submitted paragraph.
One journal entry is completed and/or main ideas are not included for submitted paragraph(s).
Each journal entry has four or more supporting details.
Each journal entry has 3 supporting details.
Each journal entry has 2 supporting details.
Each journal entry has one or no supporting detail(s).
Opinion from Lewis’s point of view
Four journal entries have an opinion stated from Lewis’s point of view.
Three journal entries have an opinion stated from Lewis’s point of view.
Two journal entries have an opinion stated from Lewis’s point of view.
One journal entry has an opinion stated from Lewis’s point of view or no opinions are given.
92% - 100% of paragraph has sharp, distinct controlling point made about a single topic with evident awareness of task.
80% - 91% of paragraph has apparent point made about a single topic with sufficient awareness of task.
65% - 79% of paragraph has no apparent point but evidence of a specific topic.
0% - 64% of paragraph has minimal evidence of a topic.
92% - 100% of paragraph has substantial, specific, and/or illustrative content demonstrating strong development and sophisticated ideas.
80% - 91% of paragraph has sufficiently developed content with adequate elaboration or explanation.
65% - 79% of paragraph has limited content with inadequate elaboration or explanation.
0% - 64% of paragraph has superficial and/or minimal content.
92% - 100% of paragraph has sophisticated arrangement of content with evident and/or
80% - 91% of paragraph has functional arrangement of content that sustains a logical order with some evidence of transitions.
65% - 79% of paragraph has confused or inconsistent arrangement of content with or without attempts at transition.
0% - 64% of paragraph has minimal control of content arrangement.
92% - 100% of paragraph has precise, illustrative use of a variety of words and sentence structures to create consistent writer's voice and tone appropriate to audience.
80% - 91% of paragraph has generic use of a variety of words and sentence structures that may or may not create writer's voice and tone appropriate to audience.
65% - 79% of paragraph has limited word choice and control of sentence structures that inhibit voice and tone.
0% - 64% of paragraph has minimal variety in word choice and minimal control of sentence structures.
92% - 100% of paragraph has evident control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation.
80% - 91% of paragraph has sufficient control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation.
65% - 79% of paragraph has limited control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation.
0% - 64% of paragraph has minimal control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and sentence formation.
Design a PowerPoint travel presentation for a group of interested vacationers that features six important geographical places Lewis and Clark discovered on their journey to the Pacific.
Write a newspaper article using Microsoft Publisher about Native American encounters Lewis and Clark had on their expedition. Include information as to Sacagawea’s role in translating between the natives and The Corps of Discovery.
Make seven vocabulary word webs using Kidspiration. (Include pictures to help illustrate the meaning of each word, a synonym and/or antonym, and use the word correctly in a sentence.)
Write a thank you song from Lewis to one of the many people who helped him and Clark on their journey through the Louisiana Purchase (ex: Sacagawea or York). Use Garageband to add music and record your original song.
Conduct biographical research on Sacagawea, York, or Thomas Jefferson and their role in Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the West to the Pacific. Present your findings in a picture and audio presentation using VoiceThread.
Imagine you are starting a trip to explore an unknown river. Describe your first day on the water using at least seven of your vocabulary words. Type your description using Microsoft Word.
Act out with several other students the reader’s theater play Lewis & Clark and Bird Girl: Sacagawea by Mackowiecki Lewis. Make a podcast of the play.
Using Google Earth and Google Maps create a timeline map that chronicles Lewis and Clark’s path across the unexplored Western frontier.
Design a poster in Glogster illustrating three different plants and/or animals that Lewis and Clark encountered on their expedition. Include captions to explain each picture and provide details about each plant or animal. Include four vocabulary words in the captions on your poster.
Using Paint, draw a picture of Lewis’s dog, Seaman. Be sure to illustrate and label the qualities of the large Newfoundland dog that made him valuable to Lewis on the journey to the Pacific.
Research the early system of bartering in the United States including bartering with the Native Americans. Create a game for your classmates to play that demonstrates the bartering system.