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In this Lesson Plan Review, students analyze primary and secondary sources describing an encounter between the Lewis and Clark expedition and a Native American tribe. The lesson overall is a great way to encourage students to work collaboratively to analyze this important historical interaction from multiple perspectives.

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Lesson Plan Reviews

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English Language Learners

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Summarizing and Paraphrasing
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Looking to translate documents or text? Google Translate can help.

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Multiperspectivity: What Is It, and Why Use It?
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Simply pondering "multiperspectivity" (a European term for "multiple [...] »