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Lewis and Clark and the Language of Discovery
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Lewis and Clark and the Language of Discovery addresses the following standards:

National Standard for English and Language Arts
Students employ a wide range of activities as they write and use different process elements to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

National Standard for History
The student understands the international background and consequences of the Louisiana Purchase.

National Standard for Visual Arts
Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices.

National Standard for Geography
The geographically informed person knows and understands how to use maps and other geographic representations to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.

National Standard for Mathematics
Middle school students apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.

This issue is published as a part of Millennium Trails, a partnership of the White House Millennium Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other government and private organizations, including the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the U.S. Department of Education. Beginning in 1999, the partnership has built and maintained trails in every state. Sixteen of these, including the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, now have the permanent designation of National Millennium Trails.

The U.S. Department of Education does not mandate or prescribe particular curricula or lesson plans. The information in this document is provided only as a resource that educators may find helpful and use at their option.

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