The Lewis and Clark Expedition: SEL Connection
Activity: Journal Writing
Thomas Jefferson expected members of the expedition to keep careful and accurate journals. Have students pretend to be a member of the expedition. What would they write in their journals?
Lead students in a discussion about the problems the members of the expedition might encounter on their journey. Some topics you might include are:
• The physical strain of walking, carrying loads, building the forts, etc.
• The mental strain of being away from home, fear, etc.
• Challenges the geography created
• Traveling upriver instead of down
• Getting over the Great Falls of the Missouri River
• Weather conditions: Snow, ice, heat, etc.
• Wild animals
• Mosquitos and other insects
Have students think about one problem the expedition members might face and write about it in their journals as if they were a member of the expedition themselves.
Add an art element to this project by having students create faux leather journal covers.
Alternative activity: Instead of journal writing, have students draw a picture and explain it to you, a peer, or the class.