Step 1:
Congratulations on being selected for this opportunity of a lifetime! 
Before you can commence your journey, you must decide who's who in your group. Your options are: 
Captain Meriwether Lewis              Lieutenant William Clark            York (the slave)                            Sacagawea (the female Shoshone Indian)
Once you know who you are, it's almost time to head out. There's just one last thing you need to do. Use the following websites to become familiar with your character. In your notebook, jot down important information about them. This will help you understand their role in the expedition. It will also help you later when you have to write "about the author."
Some things you may want to find are:
Meriwether Lewis
William Clark

Step 2:

Now that you are familiar with your character, you may finally set out on the Lewis and Clark Expedition! Good luck and safe travels!

To Do During The Expedition: Journaling

You are traveling into unfamiliar territory. It is vital that you journal about your discoveries and experiences throughout the trip. (This is how we know so much about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lewis and Clark and the other explorers recorded their experiences in great detail in journals.) 

You and your fellow explorers will write three journal entries each. You will find the information you need to write your entries from the websites below. These journal entries will be written in first person from the perspective of your character.

There are many examples of Lewis and Clark's journals on the web. You may look at these to guide your writing. We have done a lot of journal writing already this year, so you should be well-prepared for this task! Remember that content is more important than grammar in journal writing!

You will receive special paper from your teacher to write your journal entries on. Each journal entry should be at least one page long.

Here is a graphic organizer to help you organize your thoughts. You may choose to use it if you like, but you do not have to. 

The first journal entry will be about the route you take and the places you travel through. Do NOT write about every single stop on the route. Pick 2 (minimum) places that were significant to your character. Describe them in detail. Make sure to write about your encounters in sequence. 

Interactive Map

The Lewis and Clark Trail



In your second journal entry, you will write about 3-4 (minimum) new plants and animals  you discover on the trip. Share where you found them and what they look like. Are they dangerous or helpful? Describe them as if you are describing them to someone who has never seen them before. Make sure to write about your encounters in sequence. 

Animals Discovered

Natural History

Species at Risk

Plants and Animals

In your third and final journal entry, write about 2 (minimum) different people or tribes you meet on the trip. Where did you meet them? Were they friendly or hostile? What language do they speak? What happened when you encountered them? Make sure to write about your encounters in sequence. 

Native Americans

Native Nations

American Indians

Step 3:

Welcome home! We are so glad that you survived the expedition and are home safe!

Although you did not find an all water route to the Pacific (because there is not one), you learned so much about the land gained in the Louisiana Purchase. We want to know what you found so we can travel west too! 

To Do Upon Your Return: Travel Guide

For the last part of this assignment, you and your fellow explorers are going to make a travel guide. You will combine the observations you made throughout the expedition and make a four-part guide. Make your contributions wisely with your character in mind. What would they want to share? You can be as creative as you like with how you assemble your travel guide. There are no format guidelines. 

The four sections you must include in the travel guide are:

  1. Your recommended route: Would you recommend that travelers take the same route you did? Or a different one? What places would you tell them to visit and avoid? Where would you suggest that people settle? Discuss 3 (minimum) places in detail. There are no right or wrong answers. Just explain your choices. Plot the places you discuss on a map
  2. New plant and animal species: Inform the reader about 5 (minimum) new plant and animal species you discovered. Share where you found them and what they look like. Are they dangerous or helpful? Should travelers avoid them or can they be used for food? Include pictures. 
  3. Tribes travelers may encounter: Inform the reader about 3 (minimum) Native American tribes they may encounter traveling west. Where would they encounter them? Plot location of tribes on map. Are they friendly or hostile? What language do they speak? Should travelers avoid them? Do you have any tips for them if they do encounter Native Americans?  
  4. About the authors: Include an "About the Authors" page at the end of your travel guide. Although the travel guide is a collaborative work, you will write about your character individually. Include what you think is most important to know about your character and their contributions to the expedition. Each biography should be 4-5 sentences. They should be written in first person.