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This engaging project revolves around the premise that a wandering tribe has entered into the Americas and are ready to settle down and join an established civilization. It's the students' job to "sell" the advancements and achievements of their home civilization (either Maya, Aztec, Inca) while also being critical of the other two.
The class will be split into three groups, the Maya, Inca and Aztec. Each group will be broken down into five categories, covering various aspects of the civilization. In pairs, students research these topics and create a Google Slide show. Students also have the opportunity to obtain "dirt" (finding information which may be unappealing to outsiders) on the other two civilizations through research. On the day of presentations, students will then pitch the greatness of their civilization to the "wandering tribe" and also make arguments why the other civilizations are inferior to them. Directions specify that students should treat this like a sales pitch or infomercial. After presentations, students are given one of many possible assessments.
This could take 1-2 weeks depending on how much time you give your students to prepare and do research. Students can use their textbook and electronic sources for research.
Included in your purchase are student handout/directions, student note-taking page, vocabulary list for student reference, concluding writing assessment which is in the form of an "Application Letter", and three separate Maya, Inca, Aztec quizzes which could also be used to check for understanding.
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