Aztec Pictograph Analysis Common Core Writing Primary Source Activity

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This activity is student-centered and primary source-based! Students analyze primary source pictographs and match the scenes to key Social Science concepts. Then students use their descriptions as evidence to support their beliefs. This is a great way to use primary sources analysis through incredible Aztec artwork!

The key social science concepts students match pictographs to include: geography, economy, government/leadership, accomplishments, religion, and social classes. The concepts are defined with examples right on the top of the page. This is a great evaluative and predicting assignment that could be a fantastic introduction, review or independent practice piece.


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World History includes both Ancient and Medieval history lesson plans and complete unit packets. In the Ancient history and Medieval history curriculum, you will find lesson plans and activities that support inquiry-based learning through evidence-driven literacy and writing that aligns with Common Core. Our student-centered Social Science lessons teach students to analyze social studies content by using the key concepts of geography, economy, achievements, religion, social classes and government. Students use academic vocabulary, in highly engaging, fun history investigations, interactive Google ready content, visually rich graphic organizer resources and thematic assignments.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


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