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Holding Council with the Indians

Core Theme: Growing the Nation: Westward Expansion
Grade Level: 4
Estimated Duration of Lesson: 2 class periods of 30 minutes
Standards & Indicators:
     Study Skills and Methods #3: Use primary and secondary sources to answer questions.
Primary Source Used:
     From: The Library of Congress.
Lesson Summary:
     Analyzing the Lewis and Clark etching, students will answer a set of Spiral Questions.
Instructional Steps to Implement the Lesson:
      In groups of 4, students will be provided with a copy of the etching of Captains Lewis and Clark holding council with Indians. Each student will receive a copy of the Spiral Questions that can be answered using the etching. Students will use an activity, “Recharge & Write,” when responding to the Spiral Questions.
Post-Assessment and Scoring Guideline:
      Students will complete a PMI. Each response is evaluated as a short answer response worth 2 points apiece.
Materials Needed by Teacher:
     1) Method for grouping students in groups of 4
     2) Cups for “Recharge & Write” for each group
     3) Directions for Recharge & Write (copy for each group)
Materials Needed by Students:
      1) Copy of the Lewis and Clark etching
      2) Spiral Questions
Extended Learning:
       Students will create their own question(s) based on the Lewis & Clark etching. 

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