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Mesoamerica Reading Comprehension Passages - Questions - Annotations

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Mesoamerica - Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca Ancient Civilization Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

This resource is designed for a Reformation unit. It contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!


Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!

COMMON CORE ALIGNED! Aligned with Mesoamerican Interactive Notebook



Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:

1.) Mesoamerica: Where Many Civilizations Flourished

-Overview of the territories, varying landforms, and climate of Mesoamerica

-Overview of the civilizations that existed there (Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs)

-Natural resources found there (jade, obsidian, seashells, shark teeth)

-The slash-and-burn agriculture technique

-Describes how they used cacao and maize – the Mayan god of Maize

Keywords: Mesoamerica obsidian, jade, cacao, slash & burn agriculture, maize

2.) The Mother Culture of Mesoamerica: The Olmec

-Overviews of their society, culture, and timeline – made up of farmers, fishermen, artisans. Mud buildings by the rivers.

-crops include maize, squash, beans, sweet potatoes

-Describes the San Lorenzo city

-Describes The Ball Game

-Overview of traditions that were later adopted by other civilizations

Keywords: mother culture, maize, The Ball Game

3.) The Advancements of the Mayan Civilization

-Overviews of territories, locations, and timeline of Mayan Civilization

Describes hierarchy and social class

-Overview of their writing system (Hieroglyphs) and codex (books)

-Description of the Mayan Calendar

-Overview of the Palenque City and its uses (plazas for public gatherings, ball court for ball game, canals, terraces, etc)

Keywords: codex, Mayan calendar, Palenque City

4.) The Rise and Fall of the Aztec Empire

-Overview of territories, locations, and timeline of Aztec Empire

-overview of crops grown and chinampas

-description of other advancements (causeways, aqueducts, and macuahuitl)

-overview of society and social classes

-describes the Spanish conquest and Hernan Cortes – how the Aztec empire fell – four factors

Keywords: causeway, aqueduct, tribute, chinampas, conquistadors, calpullis, Spanish Conquest

5.) The History of the Inca Empire

-Overview of territories, locations, and timeline of the Inca Empire

-description of advancements (medical and quipu)

-description of religion

-description of chasquis (runners)

-overview of the Incan army – most powerful army in the Andes.

-description of how Francisco Pizarro led an expedition that ended the Inca Empire

Keywords: quipu, chasqui

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Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

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