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Unit 5: Gateway West

The coming of the Americans, Lewis & Clark, & the Louisiana Purchase, from Ft. Osage

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

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Possible Research Topics

  • Clark's Treaty with the Osage
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Father Jacques Marquette
  • Meriwether Lewis
    William Clark
  • Fort Osage
  • Osage Chief "Big Soldier"
    George Sibley
  • Osage Indians


  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark Expedition 
    Moulton, Gary, editor
    University of Nebraska Press
    Lincoln, Neb.
  • The Genesis of Missouri
    Foley, William E.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
  • Fort Osage, The Opening of the American West
    Wooldridge, Rhonda
    Independence Press
    Independence, Mo.
  • Undaunted Courage
    Ambrose, Stephen
    Simon & Schuster
    New York, N.Y.
  • Westward with the Dragoons
    Gregg, Kate, editor
    Fulton, Mo.


Lesson Plans