What our Sacagawea lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Sacagawea is unique in that it provides instruction in multiple fields: literacy, history, and writing. Students will discover much about this famous historical figure. In addition, however, they will learn how to analyze information for several different purposes. The will examine primary sources, write an opinion, and even use map skills.
There are two pages of content that describe basic details of both Sacagawea’s life and other historical events in which she was involved. The lesson content focuses primarily on historical facts. It first details the early years of Sacagawea as daughter of the Shoshone chief. She lived in an area that is now called Lemhi County, Idaho.
Then the lesson continues with details on how she came to join Lewis and Clark in their famous expedition. It describes their journey and some of the interesting facts about the adventure. Students will learn that Sacagawea was very young, only 16, when she and her husband joined the two explorers. She died eight years later at Fort Manuel, which is now Kenel, South Dakota.
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS ACTIVITY
The activity requires students to answer questions based on what they learned in the lesson. The first four questions involve simple facts. The last three, however, require students to analyze the information they learned. They have to discover their own ideas and opinions on what they think. The answers may widely vary among the students.
EXPLAIN THE PASSAGE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
For the practice, students will read an excerpt from one of the journals of Lewis and Clark. After reviewing and analyzing the passage, students must explain in their own words what they think it means.
SACAGAWEA HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
Students will need to visit the interactive map at the link that this worksheet provides or use other resources to complete the assignment. They will trace the journey of Sacagawea, Lewis, and Clark across the United States on the map. They must label places that they read about in the lesson.