ERIC Number: ED457062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Aztecs Meet the Spanish. Grade 7 Lesson. Schools of California Online Resources for Education (SCORE): Connecting California's Classrooms to the World.
Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes encountered the Aztecs in 1519 and conquered them in 1521, claiming their empire for Spain. He then destroyed the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan and rebuilt a Spanish city in its ruins. In this lesson plan, it is the year 1527 and an Independent Counsel has been chosen by the College of Cardinals of the Catholic Church to determine a policy for the Church toward future exploration, conquest, and conversion of the native people of Mexico. The lesson asks students to represent either the Spanish or the Aztecs, whose cases will be argued to the Special Counsel. The Spanish will want to present arguments supporting the conquest. The Aztecs will want to present arguments objecting to the conquest. Students are provided with background information, detailed instructions, on-line and print resources, and reflection questions. The teacher's notes explain the unit's correlation to history/social science and language arts standards, suggest day-by-day teaching strategies, provide an extensive resource list, and include a model for writing a legal brief. (BT)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 7, Imperialism, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Latin American History, Role Playing, Social Studies, Student Research
Schools of California Online Resources for Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, 601 North East Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410-3093. E-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://score.rims.k12.ca.us. For full text: http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/actecs Spanish/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Portugal; Spain