Middle School Social Studies News: February 2013
During this unit we will be journeying side-by-side with Hernan Cortez and other Spanish conquistadors as they approached the Aztec Empire in the early part of the sixteenth century. The whole unit is designed in an “If you were there…” format where students share what they would have done in particular scenarios, either as Cortes, Montezuma or other major players. This type of involvement – asking students to put themselves in the position of historical figures – has worked exceptionally well in the past. It forces them to think and keeps their engagement. Hindsight is easy, however, and we’re sure not to judge too heavily, at least without as much information as possible.
Throughout the unit students will be analyzing primary and secondary sources, maps, and military strategies.