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Video Information and Comprehension Questions

Lewis and Clark: A Scientific Journey

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.

Part I
Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • Think about what it means to be an explorer. As you watch the program, consider the mental and physical hardships Lewis and Clark endured on their expedition.
  • Watch for examples of geographical challenges that all the members of the Corps of Discovery had to overcome.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • Archaeologists rely on logic, intuition, and luck to locate artifacts. Why does so much of their work consist of educated guesses?
  • Why are bones considered a gold mine for archaeologists? Discuss the kind of information that bones reveal.
Suggested activity
The Lewis and Clark expedition took more than two years to complete. Create a timeline of the expedition, and label 10 significant events that occurred during the journey.
Part II
Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • Information from Lewis and Clark's journey greatly contributed to our knowledge of America. As you watch the program, look for examples of major contributions to science, mapping, and cultural understanding.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • The journals and maps from the Lewis and Clark expedition are considered works of art. Discuss how maps are a bridge from the past to the present.
  • Why does science lead the way to uncovering details about Lewis and Clark's journey? Explain why historians cannot rely solely on expedition journals.
Suggested activity
Research the extensive packing lists Meriwether Lewis created for the expedition. Make your own survival list if you were to take such a journey today. Compare your list to Lewis's list.