The World and Its People
Web Activity Lesson Plans
In this chapter, students read about the land and people of Mexico. Two important pre-Columbian civilizations developed in Mexico: the Aztec and the Maya. They both demonstrated advances in architecture, the arts, and science.
Students will visit a site about ancient Mexico. They will explore maps of the cities of ancient Mexican civilizations, and will explore a historical document describing the Aztec leader Moctezuma. After answering several questions, students will create an illustration depicting a scene from Aztec life that might have accompanied this document.
- The student will be able to analyze information from a map.
- The student will be able to interpret a historical primary source document.
Student Web Activity Answers
- Lake Texcoco
- It had many canals running through the chinampas of the city, much like the canals found in Venice, Italy.
- The Aztec told Cortés that since they were away from their homeland, they may have made mistakes. They stopped sacrificing humans to their gods.
- For each meal, many different dishes were prepared. Moctezuma sat on a cushion made of leather in a great hall. He sat at a distance from five or six caciques, to whom he offered his food. A servant was always present to wait on him.
- Students' pictures may vary.