Middle School Social Studies News: March 2013

We have been navigating through the story of the Spanish conquering the Aztec Empire in Social Studies.  The whole process has required a lot of historical work: students have been interpreting primary and secondary sources, analyzing authors’ perspectives, and questioning major Spanish and Aztec leaders’ decisions.  The amount of depth that we cover in this unit is very reflective of my teaching philosophy.  Teaching deep and meaningful lessons allows students to understand key historical figures, decisions, and outcomes, makes the material more engaging, and gives them the knowledge necessary to apply that information to other places and times.
When this unit is over, we will continue covering the Central America region in depth, though we will fast forward to Guatemala in the 20th century.  We will learn how outside forces directed an overthrow of their democratically-elected president, Jacobo Arbenz.

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