Materials List: outline map of major waterways of the U.S., Chain Reaction BLM
Initially, have students trace and label on an outline map the major waterways of the continental interior of the United States, including the Mississippi and its tributaries. In a brainstorming (activity (e.g., Inspiration® software), have students determine the importance of the rivers from both geographical and economic factors. Target the class discussion to the pivotal role New Orleans (trade center) played in the Louisiana Purchase negotiations.
Provide students with a basic graphic organizer (that examines causes and effects that may have influenced negotiations between the representatives of France and the United States. See the Chain Reaction BLM and sample below.
Chain Reaction: Events Related to Louisiana Purchase
Have students write a speech as a supporter for either the interests of Thomas Jefferson or Napoleon. This should be a defense of the choice made regarding the Louisiana Purchase to someone who might be critical of his choice (e.g., Why would Jefferson want the United States to buy the property? Why would Napoleon be willing to sell?). Have students describe these leaders, and describe and explain the importance of this event in the development of Louisiana.
· Outline map of the waterways of the United States: http://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/usa-river-map.html
· Richard, Carl J. (1995). The Louisiana Purchase, Louisiana Life Series, No. 7. The Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana–Lafayette.
Unit 6 Interactive Link (Includes online interactives, interactive MS Word and PPT Templates)
Vermilion Parish Curriculum Site (Correlates with 2008 Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum)
Vermilion Parish Schools (Louisiana)