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Launching the 

New Nation

Launching the New Nation

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


The Lewis and Clark expedition explored much of the North American continent that had been acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. The expedition provided useful information about the West - its topography and animal life, as well as about the Native Americans who lived in the territory explored by the expedition. Students will research the Lewis and Clark Expedition then write a script for a television news broadcast about the expedition and create a poster with images to support their report. They will give their newscast  and share their poster in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Washington Heads the New Government


Students will identify Judiciary Act of 1789, Alexander Hamilton, cabinet, national bank, Republican, two-party system, protective tariff and excise tax. 

Students will be introduced to their course project.

Students will explain why the federal law had to be "the supreme Law of the Land" in the new nation. 

Students will examine the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

Students will contrast Alexander Hamilton's and Thomas Jefferson's views of the Federal Government.

Students will explain why the new nation needed to pay of its debts.

Students will analyze the formation of the District of Columbia and the current movement to make it a state.

Students will contrast the Federalist and Republicans.

Students will explain why the Whisky Rebellion was important for the federal government.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 176.

2) Read pages 177 - 183 in course textbook.

3) Interact With History section on page 183. 

4) Start your course project. 

Session 2: Foreign Affairs Trouble the Nation


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify neutrality, Edmond Genet, Thomas Pickney, Little Turtle, John Jay, sectionalism, XYZ Affair, Alien and Sedition Acts and nullification. 

Students will explain why the United States wanted to remain neutral in the French Revolution. 

Students will explain why the United States wanted access to the Mississippi River.

Students will describe the Native American conflicts with settlers in the Northwest Territory. 

Students will describe how the events in the Northwest Territory affected U.S. relations with Great Britain.   

Students will summarize hot the Alien and Sedition Acts threaten political freedoms.

Students will hypothesize what issues that arose during the Adams administration might continue to trouble the nation in the next administration and why. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 181.

2) Read pages 184 - 188 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 3: Ratifying the Constitution


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Aaron Burr, Judiciary Act of 1801, midnight judge, John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, judicial review, Louisiana Purchase, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Sacajawea.

Students will explain why slaves revolted under Thomas Jefferson's administration.

Students will describe how Thomas Jefferson's actions reflected his philosophy.

Students will analyze the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 - 1806.

Students will answer the following question and justify them with facts:

1) What do you think were the motives for people to migrate west of the Appalachians? 

Students will explain why the Louisiana Purchase important


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 188.

2) Read pages 189 - 193 in course textbook.

3) Interact With History section on page 193. 

4) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session. 

Session 4: The War of 1812 Erupts


Students will review their homework and present their projects.

Students will identify blockade, impressment, embargo, war hawk, William Henry Harrison, Tecumseh, Andrew Johnson, Treaty of Ghent and armistice.

Students will explain why the war hawks objected to the presence of Native Americans in the Indiana Territory.

Students will explain why James Madison decided to declare war.

Students will analyze the battles in the War of 1812.

Students will summarize the issues that the British and Americans reached an agreement upon after the Treaty of Ghent.

Students will review the achievements of the United States from 1789 - 1812.

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