Paired Texts > Lewis and Clark: American Explorers
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Arthur Chapman was an American journalist who wrote the imagery-laden poem "Out Where The West Begins" in 1917, in response to some Western governors who were having a dispute over which American states should be considered "the West."Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Out Where the West Begins” and ask students to think about how the views expressed in the poem compare to the factors that motivated Lewis and Clark to explore their country. Do you think Lewis and Clark’s expedition confirmed the expectations of the American people for the West as set forth in the poem? Why do you think people were so hopeful? Are people generally optimistic or pessimistic about the unknown?
In "Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe," Cordelia – a fictional missionary and pioneer - writes a letter about her bold plans to travel west and "civilize" the Indians in the name of Manifest Destiny.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe” and ask students to discuss why Americans felt the need to travel out West and how Lewis and Clark helped enable future settlers.
Native American author Chuck Larsen adds key details that are missing from story of the "First Thanksgiving."Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story” and ask students to discuss how Native Americans have helped early Americans survive and thrive when founding the country as we know it today.
The Trail of Tears is the name given to the forced relocation of Native American nations following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included many members of tribes who did not wish to assimilate. Many Native Americans suffered from disease and exposure, and somewhere between 2,000-6,000 Cherokee died on the trail. The Trail of Tears Diary includes interviews that reveals the extraordinary resilience of the Native American nations during the trail.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Excerpt from Trail of Tears Diary” and ask students how the myth of the helpful native compare to darker stories about Americans mistreating Native Americans, such as in the Trail of Tears?
The informational text "Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide" explains how Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztec empire.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide” to provide students with information about another set of explorers. Ask students to discuss how Lewis and Clark’s motivations for exploring compare to Christopher Columbus and Hernán Cortés’. How did their explorations affect the native populations they encountered?
When it was time to vote on American colonies' independence from England, delegate Caesar Rodney raced to Philadelphia to share his vote.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney” and ask students to discuss how the men in the two texts contributed to the America we know today. What obstacles did the three men overcome in order to achieve their goals? How did their effort contribute to America’s development? What could the consequences been if they lacked determination?
In "Marie Maps the Sea," Liz Huyck describes Marie Tharp's important contributions in mapping the ocean floor.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Marie Maps the Sea” to discuss the important maps that explorers made. Why were the maps that Lewis and Clark made important? Why was the map that Marie Tharp made important? How do maps help people learn more about the world? Which map do you think is more important? Why?
In "Thomas Jefferson", Janine Richardson writes about some of Jefferson's actions during his time as president.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Thomas Jefferson” and ask students to discuss Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Territory. What was Lewis and Clark’s journey through the Louisiana territory like according to “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers”? What information does “Thomas Jefferson” give readers about the Louisiana territory? Why was the Louisiana Purchase important according to these two texts?
In "Lewis and Clark Expedition," Britannica Kids details the well-known western journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.Pair “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” with “Lewis and Clark Expedition” and ask students to compare the two texts. How does the author show that Lewis and Clark’s journey was difficult in “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers”? What details does the text give about Lewis and Clark’s journey in “Lewis and Clark Expedition”? How does “Lewis and Clark: American Explorers” add to your understanding of the events in “Lewis and Clark Expedition”?