Lesson Plan

Albert Gallatin: Champion of American Democracy – Unit 3: Post Visit Activities

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson, one of Gallatin’s many friends

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
Commerce and Industry, Government, Pioneer America, U.S. Presidents, Westward Expansion
45 – 90 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
National Standards for History: K-4 Standard 1, 2, 3, 4; Gr 5-12 Era 3, 4. Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: II, V, VI, VII, X. Common Core: CCSS.ELA- RI.7, CCSS.ELA- RI.9, CCSS.ELA- W.1, CCSS.ELA- W.2


There are five activities in this section.  Activity 1 - Student make a comic strip about Gallatin.  Activity 2 – Students write a newspaper article about the Lewis and Clark expedition.  Activity 3 – Student design a Whiskey Rebellion flag.  Activity 4 – Students make a poster showing Gallatin’s accomplishments.  Activity 5 – Student research important friends of Gallatin and write a short biography. 

This is unit 3 of three units in this teacher’s guide.


Guiding Question: What were some of the major event in the Lewis and Clark expedition? What were the farmers in the Whiskey Rebellion angry about? Who were some of the important people Gallatin was friends with?


Critical Content: Students will research and write/draw about the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Whiskey Rebellion or some of the famous people Gallatin knew.


Student objectives: Students will…

·        List two event from the Lewis and Clark expedition

·        Explain why the Whiskey Rebellion farmers were angry

·        Write a biography about one of Gallatin's friends



"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 reinforces what the students learned from visiting the park and participating in one of the site's guided programs - House Tour, The Whiskey Rebellion or Secretary of Treasury; or from completing the pre-visit activities in this teacher's guide.


Last updated: July 10, 2018