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Middle School Social Studies News: January 2013

In Social Studies, we’re wrapping up our unit on the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs.  Students are working diligently on getting their projects done in time for Curriculum Celebration.  Many will actually be sharing their projects with the community via interactive presentations.  Look for a flyer to come out within the next week.  Please feel free to sit in on one or more of the presentations, even if you don’t have a student in the middle school.  After this unit at about the time of the semester’s end, we’ll do some cleansing of classroom and binder folders and start fresh with a new unit on the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs.  I’ve set it up as sort of a choose-your-own-adventure.  Students will have to theorize on the decisions of the major players when faced with some challenging options.  For example, how does Moctezuma II keep an impending Spanish force from entering his city without an all-out war?  Or should he have started an all-out war before the Spanish arrived?  It’s a fascinating history, one that I really enjoy teaching.

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