Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West | National Geographic Documentary


Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West | National Geographic Documentary (TV – 2002) challenges students to compare the expedition to a modern day expedition, empathize with indigenous tribes, and describe Sacagawea’s contributions to the journey. Ask students to put themselves in the shoes of the members of the expedition, make decisions and support them with evidence from the movie and their own perspectives. Finally, ask students to research and explore how the journey from St. Louis to Astoria has changed or write a research essay on one of the tribes that the expedition encountered.

Note: This movie guide includes an optional Pre-Viewing Student handout detailing Lewis & Clark State-Specific Information (ID, MT, WA, OR)

This resource is meant to supplement the viewing of Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, see the listing here on IMDb.

Check the thumbnails for sample questions to see if this movie guide is suitable for your students. This resource consists of 6 high-level, short answer reflection and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This product .zip file includes:

  • A student movie guide, PDF print version (3 pages)
  • An answer key (3 pages) is included, however, some answers will vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning throughout the film and many questions are open-ended.
  • A Google Slides Version of the Movie Guide (A PDF with a link to make a copy of the guide to your Google Drive)
  • Pre-Viewing Student Handout (6 Pages)
  • CCSS alignment indicating standards met, PDF (1 page – see also preview image)
    • CCSS Note: I’ve taken the liberty of aligning certain reading standards with the act of consuming content via the movie instead. Although students aren’t reading they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content that they consumed from the movie.
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Here are my tips for using Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West | National Geographic Documentary (TV – 2002) in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
  2. Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
  3. Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
    • Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers
    • If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
  4. After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
  5. On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    1. Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    2. Create an assignment for your students
    3. If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West | National Geographic Documentary (TV – 2002) resource is also available on TeachersPayTeachers

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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