Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Website Spotlight: Lewis & Clark (LOC)


Website URL: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/lewisandclark.html

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask the students to work through the following portions of this Library of Congress online exhibition:

I. Before Lewis and Clark
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/lewis-before.html

Scroll down 90% of the web page to "Louisiana Purchase"

Read the two paragraphs of prose describing the Louisiana Purchase.

Then read the following three inserts and pictures as follows:

Boundary between British and Spanish Territories
The Purchase of Louisiana
Treaty with France to acquire Louisiana

II. Lewis and Clark
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/lewis-landc.html

a. Read the introductory paragraph

b. Read the following segments:

Discovering Diplomacy
Pipe Tomahawk
Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress
Jefferson's Instructions for Meriwether Lewis
Jefferson Peace Medal
Making Chiefs
Making Kinship
Jefferson's Cipher
Gifts with a Message
Displays of Power
The Plains Warrior
Images of Heroism
Curing the Corps
Rules of Health
Summoning the Spirits

~~For a review of this website:

TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/14789

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Expansion

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT 

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