Guide to Lewis and Clark

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Final Project Lesson Plan

Name(s): Christine Danowski Date: December 11, 2003

Julie Fields

Steven L. Lurtz

Amy Malter
Content Area: Language Arts Grade Level: 4th through 6th
1. Students will orally read The Story of Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark, by Della Rowland (1.B.2d).
2. Students will locate information on aspects of Sacajawea’s life using various forms of media (5.A.2b).
3. Students will compose a script based on a specific event in Sacajawea’s life on a word processor using the correct format for a play (1.C.3c, 3.C.2b, 5.C.2a).
4. Students will orally present a scene on Sacajawea (4.B.2d, 5.C.2b).

Oral Reading, Research, play writing, acting




Construction Paper

Clothing for Characters

Word Processor

The Story of Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark, by Della Rowland
Anticipatory Set

Sacajawea traveled with Lewis and Clark on their Corps of Discovery as an interpreter and helper. She gathered food and set up shelter on the trail. Three mountains, two lakes, a gold coin, and at least twenty three monuments are names for her. Let’s go on a journey to see what else we can learn about this brave woman.


1. Prior to this lesson, the class will have orally read The Story of Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark, by Della Rowland focusing on a chapter per day.

2. Teachers will divide students into six groups and prepare a short scene relating to Sacajawea’s life and told from her perspective.

3. Students will research Sacajawea in books, internet, etc. to supplement the information from the book for their designated scene.

4. Scenes will be divided as follows:

a. Sacajawea’s early life (before marriage).

b. Sacajawea’s marriage to Charbonneau and pregnancy with Pomp.

c. Sacajawea’s beginning journey with Lewis and Clark.

d. Sacajawea’s role on the journey.

e. Sacajawea’s reunited with her brother and learns the history of her family.

f. Sacajawea’s return home.

5. Student will prepare a script on a word processor as a group to emphasize the important aspects of the scene. Proper format must be used and papers edited for mistakes.


Students will present the scenes in chronological order to their peers.


1. Students will break up group tasks to maximize the use of everyone’s potential.

2. Students who are unable to formulate their ideas in writing will dictate to those typing on the word processor.

1. Students will prepare costumes and props for their scene.

2. Students will rehearse their scene with another group that is done for feedback.

Assessment of Student Learning:

The students located adequate amounts of information to write their scene with depth and clarity.

The script is written grammatically correct and free of errors.

The presentation of the scene is clear and easy to understand.

The students read fluently and comprehend vocabulary.

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