Discovering Latin American Civilizations
Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among the
perspectives, practices, and products of the Pre-Columbian, Spanish
Colonial, and Modern Mexican civilizations.
Learn from Selected Countries/Cultures:
Geographical background information
Cultural background information
Pairs of students create a mythological creature or
god specific to Latin American culture.
Students take a temple rubbings and
Students generate a Mayan dig box.
their Latin American tiles in an art gallery.
Students depict hieroglyphics, including
names and mottos, from Spanish culture.
Student groups assemble time
capsules representing a new civilization.
use a Venn diagram to compare/contrast Spanish civilization with their
Students develop a concept ladder
characterizing items found in a simulated archeological dig of Spanish
Student groups chart comparative
elements of legends.
Students examine Mayan math and compare it with
Researching legends, civilizations, and
Students view and discuss a PowerPoint representing Spanish
Students read and analyze legends from Spanish
Students view and discuss a PowerPoint representing various
Students listen to modern Latin American music.
Students write and illustrate, sing, or act out a
Students make Latin American tiles and explain orally.
design an Aztec calendar using symbols and present an oral explanation of
the calendar in Spanish.
Students take a gallery
walk and give a written interpretation of a classmate’s tile.
groups create civilization criteria guides.
Culminating Project (Oral
presentation with graphics as visual cues.):
Student groups invent
their own civilization.