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Author: Melissa Crew

Content Standard:

5.8.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the explorations of the trans-Mississippi West following the Louisiana Purchase (e.g., Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Zebulon Pike, John Fremont).

Common Core Standards:

W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details and clear event sequences.

Objective: Students listen to a narrative on the life of Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. From information gathered they write a "letter home" citing specific details of the journey.

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Lewis and Clark Storyboard

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Once there read through each section, take a few notes for your "letter home".



Please copy vocabulary into your vocabulary notebook.

Big Questions

What do admire about Sacajawea?  

What do you admire about Lewis and Clark?

Do you believe Thomas Jefferson was within his rights to send the party out on the expedition?

Please go to the class account at to answer these questions.

How to Write a Narrative Essay. Use instructions for your letter home.

Writing your "Letter Home"

Students use google docs to write letter home. Share your essay with me. Once it has edited and returned to you, make a final copy.

Post essay at on the class site titled "Letters home".