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[Detail] Mediolanensis dvcatvs from the atlas [1570].

Map Collections can form the basis for lively reading, discussion, and creative writing activities. Using the collection, students can hone their understanding of places and times in history while they develop their language arts skills.

1) Literature

Read aloud or have students read about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Use this Lewis and Clark map to locate places described in the literature. Using the books and map, have students write an essay about or discuss the question: "What was the most important contribution of the Lewis and Clark expedition?" (Examples of important contributions might include: mapping the West and opening it for new settlement, documenting Western flora and fauna, and making contact with Native Americans.)

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