DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?

DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
DBQ: What Advantages Helped the Spanish Conquer the Aztec Empire?
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Overview and Purpose:

In this lesson students will deconstruct the advantages that the Spanish had over the Aztec Empire. In the early 1800-1900’s (Western) Historical scholarship focused on the “Civilized” nature of the Spanish and their moral greatness which made them “superior men” and thereby able to defeat the mighty Aztec empire. But, really the Spanish had many advantages, not because they were “superior” but, rather- just lucky.  Students will practice analyzing sources, finding corroborating sources and writing a historical analysis answering the question: How were the Spanish conquistadors able to defeat the mighty Aztec Empire with only 600 men?

What is included?

1. Lesson plan: Complete with Big Idea, essential questions, student objective, lesson guide and ELL and GATE differentiation.

2. Secondary Source Worksheet: Students read through Four Secondary Sources and answer 10 Comprehension questions that help develop their historical thinking skills.

3. Analysis Worksheet: A scaffold for students to help pre-write their five paragraph essay.

4. Writing Guide: A detailed guide that helps students understand the difference between quotes, paraphrasing, summarizing and analysis.

5. A blank essay outline: This structure helps organize their ideas to plan on wiring a five paragraph essay.

6. A Rubric: A detailed rubric that helps guide student's writing.

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13 pages
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Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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