This download includes all 7 parts of the unit described below
Can be taught together or as separate lessons
FREE graphic organizer to go along with PPT slides:
PART 1 - Intro (20 slides), including: outline, standards, warm-ups, maps, worksheets, geography, links to YouTube videos, word sorts with answers, key terms with definitions, map sorting activity, S.W.A.T. review game, mini-quiz and much more...
PART 2 - Olmec (15 slides), including: background on cultural regions of North, Central and South America, Olmec background as first dominant civilization of Mesoamerica, Olmec 'colossal heads', jade jewelry, jade carvings, writing system, influence on later Mesoamerican civilizations, maps, ball-game, bloodletting and more...
PART 3 - Maya (25 slides), including: artifact guessing game, maps, class structure, original cartoon, head-flattening, tooth filing, significance of blue, links to videos, warfare, writing system, counting system, details on blood-letting and sacrifices, polytheism, connections to Apocalypto and Avatar and much more...
PART 4 - Inca (25 slides), including: artifact guessing game, maps, class structure, connections to Emperor's New Groove, The Spanish and Francisco Pizarro, Pizarro historical stick figure assignment, links to YouTube videos, punishments for criminals, Machu Picchu, terrace farming, polytheism, aqueducts, chasqui runners, warfare, reasons for their decline and much more...
PART 5 - Aztec (25 slides), including: artifact guessing game, maps, class structure, sacrifices, chinampas, warfare, examples of writing and pictures, agriculture, food lists, details on artifacts, links to YouTube, Hernan Cortes, Malinche, Montezuma, writing prompts and much more...
The plot of the Disney film The Emperor’s New Groove is almost entirely fictitious, but the historical setting was based in the Inca Empire of the 1300s-1500s. This series of PowerPoint slides makes dozens of connections between the film and the real-life Inca Empire. Includes: connections to Inca social structure, connections to Machu Picchu, connections to Inca artwork, aqueducts, connections to the role of llama and alpaca in Inca culture, writing prompts for students to choose and respond while watching, Hyperlinks to relevant YouTube video
This 21-slide PowerPoint guides students in finding connections to the Mayan, Incan and Aztec civilizations in the DreamWorks film Road to El Dorado. Included in the slides:
Many visuals and freeze frames from the film
Background in the film
A graphic organizer for students to use
4 slides with relevant information on the Maya
A slide making 7 connections between the film and the Maya
4 slides with relevant information on the Inca
A slide making 7 connections between the film and the Inca
4 slides with relevant information on the Aztec
A slide making 7 connections between the film and the Aztecs
A completed graphic organizer with all 21 connections
3 optional writing prompts using the information from the graphic organizer