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Historical Hospitality


Students will use the 2014 Native American $1 Coin to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and native hospitality.  


The 2014 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the native hospitality that helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition to succeed.  Its design depicts a Native American man offering a pipe while his wife offers provisions of fish, corn, roots and gourds.  In the background is a stylized image of the face of William Clark's compass highlighting "NW," the area that was the focus of the expedition. 

Have the students discuss the term "hospitality" (generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests) and provide examples of hospitality that they've experienced in their own lives.  Have students share what they know about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and record student responses on chart paper. 

Read the January Coin of the Month to learn more. As a class, discuss the importance of native hospitality to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Using information from the Coin of the Month and class discussions, invite the students to further research the importance of relationships between Lewis and Clark and Native Americans. 

Have the students create a class map of Lewis and Clark's trail and identify the various Native American tribes encountered.  Have the students use their research and class discussions to write a summary of the interactions between the explorers and the tribes and why the relationships were important.  Highlight examples of hospitality. 

As an extension, have the students locate primary source documents (such as journals) to learn more about the hospitality aspect of the journey.  Have students write their summaries as journal entries as if they were traveling with Lewis and Clark. 

Make a Connection

Have students learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition with the Live with Lewis and Clark! lesson plan for grades 7 and 8

Use the game The Lewis and Clark Adventure to introduce students to the simulated trail that took Lewis and Clark on their journey west, allowing students to better understand some of the people, places and things that Lewis and Clark encountered. 

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