Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 37: Mayan Society (4/6/11)

Aim: The historians of 2016 will write a two paragraph historical fiction narrative from the perspective of a Mayan citizen.

Task 1: Submit your homework. If you submitted your homework online, you do not have to submit it again.

Task 2 Quick Question: If you were there... You live in a village in the lowlands of Mesoamerica. Your family members have always been weavers, and now your aunts are teaching you to weave cloth from cotton grown by nearby farmers. Traders from other areas often pass through your village. They tell wonderful stories about strange animals and sights they see in their travels. After talking to the traders who buy your cloth, you begin to think about becoming a trader too. Why might you become a trader?

Task 3: Open the presentation on life in the Mayan empire and following along as we go through it.

Task 4: Write a two paragraph historical fiction narrative from the perspective of a person living in the Mayan Empire. You can write it as if you were a farmer, peasant, or nobel person (not the ruler). You may want to look at tonight's homework to get more ideas on what life was like in the Mayan Empire.

Task 5: Add the Mayan social structure to your social pyramids presentation. If you are working in a group on this, you need to collaborate (work together) on one slide.

Homework: Read about family life in the Mayan empire and complete the workbook questions.

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