Thursday, April 11

We Were There with Lewis and Clark

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You've just received a box with a buffalo hide, thirteen dead insects, and several hand-written notes.....what's your first thought?

After the Louisiana Purchase, President Jefferson sent a team of men to explore the land that the United States now owned.  From May 1804 to September 1806, this team made its way to the Pacific Coast, collecting natural specimens and making notes along the way.   Captain Meriweather Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark commanded the Corps of Discovery, a group of Army volunteers, along with the assistance of Sacagawea, a Native American woman.  The group left from St. Louis, Missouri, where the Gateway Arch now memorializes the journey.  One of their missions was to establish an American presence in the area before other European powers tried to take over it.   They sent back many reports, specimens, maps, sketches, journal entries, and traded goods to President Jefferson along the way.  Their exploration efforts helped to fuel Manifest Destiny and the opening up of the west.

Gateway Arch in St. Louis

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Includes THIRTY-SIX unit studies covering World & American History. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning the the ancient world through post-WW2.  Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.

  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.

These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

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  1. this is a good mini history lesson. Put them all together and you'd have your history for a year.

    1. ....I thought about doing that, actually. :)


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