Our forefathers gathered together behind closed doors at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to write the Constitution.  As delegates they started by discussing the state of the colonies and Government.  All fifty-five packed into the stuffy, sweltering room fior months. We analyze Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms outlined by the Constitution, made during WWII as a symbolic representation of the freedoms we fought for then, and still do now.

Westward Ho!!! Pack your bags!!! We will be heading west with precise instructions from President Thomas Jefferson.  After months of preparation and studying, everything from astronomy (to guide us through the wilderness) to horticulture and botony.  Our mission: to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase! Specifically chosen by Jefferson for the tasks, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark (along with about 30 other crew), will guide us through every twist and turn of the Missouri River looking for an all water route the Pacific (for trading purposes).  All of us in the Corps of Discovery will be keeping expedition journals to be filled with description of plants, animals (like the grizzly bear, caribou and elk). We remark at the vast and spacious plains blackened with the stampeding buffalo, the rocky towers jetting into mysterious shapes and the snow capped mountains where we would have almost died if it weren’t for our Shoshone guide Sacagawea who proves to be extremely instrumental in out expedition.  Another major goal of our expedition is to make peace with the many Native American tribes we encounter.  With the help of Sacagawea, who serves as an interpreter, and York, Clark’s slave, assist in the often arduous tasks as we exchange greetings, peace medals and even the turquoise buttons off of our coats.  Our packs bulge with specimens tagged for further studies by eager scientists in Philadelphia.  Maps are to be drawn to fill out the topography of this vast country that has been nearly doubled in size.  Our copious notes lead to elaborate journals and letters composed to President Jefferson noting our progress of the intended goals.

The wide open spaces explored, it is time to expand into our countries boundries.  Now that we have discovered what lies beyond, the government decides to expand into this wilderness.  The land is free and the price seems right.  Families pack up and head out to begin anew. 

The Trail of Tears.  These were, by some considered the cowboy and Indian days.  In fact, the Cherokee were forced to either assimilate or move.  One of the saddest episodes of our brief history, men, women and children were forced from their land, herded into makeshift pens with minimal necessities.  They were required to march nearly a thousand miles to a new land.  A poignant story from this time surfaces in the Legend of the Cherokee Rose.  No better symbol exists of the pain and suffering of the “trail where they cried.”  It is believed that the matriarchs of the Cherokee grieved so much for the many lives that were lost along the way, that the chief prayed for a sign to lift the mothers’ spirits and give them strength to care for their remaining children.  Beautiful new desert flowers,  a hardy white emblazed golden centered rose began to shoot up in the most unlikely of places along the trail.  This seven petaled flower symbolized the seven clans that made the long journey.  It is said, that to this day, the Cherokee Rose still prospers along this unforgettable route.  It is important to look at both sides in context. We study and analyze both perspectives of the ever-expanding United States and the Cherokee Nation.  Then we take position of this point and argue in our own “mock” trial. 

In reading we continue to research for our paper.  We will be analyzing a "sense" and how an animal species relies on that sense for survival.  

In Math, we are reviewing the various strategies for division and logical reasoning.  

  

 

 


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