Carver's New Map of North America // OrHi 104406
Students will be able to:
Using a “clean,” current physiographic map of the United States, work with students to explore how long it would take a present-day traveler to travel from Missouri to the Oregon Coast. Next, use the Lewis and Clark sub-topics (listed under “Materials/Resources needed) to explain to students the conditions of the Lewis and Clark expedition (consider transportation alternatives, navigational technology, cultural landscape, environmental forces, etc…). After students have considered the 1800s, ask them to, again, map out how Lewis and Clark might today travel from Missouri to Pacific Ocean. Provide them with a clean map and ask them to, in groups, represent their “route,” but also represent what kind of transportation they will use during each part of the journey, what type of food they will eat, and what kind of resources they might need.
Research Project Questions:
After looking at their maps, have students look both at the Lewis and Clark and Carver maps and at the description of Lewis and Clark’s encounter with the Nez Perce (all noted in the Materials/Resources needed sections). First, discuss with students some Nez Perce values as they are articulated in the sub-topics. Next, look closely at the Lewis and Clark map and ask how the Nez Perce might have drawn that map. Finally, have students compare the three points of view (Lewis and Clark, Nez Perce, and their own). How are these maps different from the ones that they created and why? What is different and what is missing?