DBQ: What was the purpose and role of human sacrifice in Aztec society?

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Purpose of Lesson

This DBQ reinforces the document analysis and writing process; this DBQ also introduces a new component: finding historical research to support their original thesis. Students will have to find a level 2 (secondary source) or level 3 (primary source) as evidence and explain how it can be used to answer the DBQ Question.

What is Included?

1. Lesson Plan: Complete with Big Idea, essential questions, student objective, sequence of lesson and optional activities.

2. DBQ Student Handout: Introduction paragraph, timeline on the Aztec Empire and three secondary sources with 10 comprehension questions (historical analysis questions); and one student research task (finding a primary or secondary source on the Aztec Empire).

3. Essay Outline: A guided essay template to help students write a five paragraph essay.

4. Rubric: a detailed rubric that helps guide students writing and can be used for grading.

Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
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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