Lesson Plan

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy – Unit 2: Pre-Visit Activities

Illustration of the Captain Lewis with other member of the corps assembling the iron boat
Captain Lewis with other member of the corps assembling the iron boat

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Seventh Grade
Commerce and Industry, Economics, Government, Pioneer America, U.S. Presidents, Westward Expansion
1-3 hours
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
National Standards for History: K-4 Standard 2, 3, 4; Gr 5-12 Era 3, 4. Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: II, III, V, VI, VII, X. Common Core: CCSS.ELA- RI.1, CCSS.ELA- W.1, CCSS.ELA- L.4


There are five lessons in this section.  Lesson 1 covers important vocabulary words.  Lesson 2 covers the Whiskey Rebellion and the Bill of Rights.  Lesson 3 has the students plan for the Lewis and Clark expedition.  Lesson 4 continues to teach about Lewis and Clark expedition and the geography they encountered.  Lesson 5 has the students learn about the financing of the federal government by the Secretary of the Treasury. 

This is unit 2 of three units in this teacher’s guide.


Guiding Question: What was the Whiskey Rebellion?  What was important about the Lewis and Clark expedition? What were federal finances like in Gallatin's time?


Critical Content: The Whiskey Rebellion was an important test of the new government and Albert Gallatin, living west of the Allegheny Mountains, sympathized with his neighbors. The young United States wanted to find a route to the Pacific and the Lewis and Clark expedition was an important exploration mission. Gallatin helped put the federal government on a sound financial footing as the Secretary of Treasury.


Student objectives: Students will…

·        List two means of legal protest and which part of the Bill of Rights allows it

·        List ten items that were important for Lewis and Clark to take on their expedition

·        Balance the federal budget without overspending



"Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy" is broken into three units and is targeted for upper elementary age students. Unit 1 is background information and a timeline. Unit 2 contains five pre-visit activities on the Bill of Rights, Lewis and Clark expedition and Secretary of Treasury. The final unit has five-post visit activities.


Check out these other units

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy Unit 1: Background

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy Unit 2 Pre-visit activities

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy Unit 3 Post-visit activities 


Park Connections

This lesson relates to Friendship Hill National Historic Site, which was Gallatin's home in Pennsylvania. The material prepares students for a visit to the park and participate in one of the on site guided programs - House Tour, The Whiskey Rebellion or Secretary of Treasury.



Albert Gallatin, Friendship Hill, Whiskey Rebellion, Secretary of the Treasury, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark Expedition, War of 1812, Anti-Federalist, Democracy

Last updated: July 10, 2018