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Activity Overview

The Aztecs were an empire filled with massive cities and sophisticated technologies when the Spanish arrived in 1519. Unfortunately, the Spanish sought to conquer the land for Spain despite its native inhabitants and war soon broke out. In this activity, students will research the events leading up to the fall of the Aztec empire and then create a poster timeline. They should include facts and illustrations with their poster.

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Objective: Research the events leading to the fall of the Aztec empire and create a poster of facts and illustrations.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct some research and learn more about the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire.
  2. On the poster, include 6 events in order to retell the events leading to the fall of the Aztec empire.
  3. Use scenes, characters, items, and animals to create illustrations for each event.

Requirements: Six events in order along with six illustrations.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


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