Aztec Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the Aztec Empire with this lesson plan. Students learn the rise and fall of the Aztec people and examine cultures. Students then apply concepts with a hands-on activity that demonstrates understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history of the Aztecs
  • recall accomplishments of the Aztecs
  • discuss the downfall of the Aztecs
  • demonstrate understanding of concepts by creating a time-line


50 minutes

Key Vocabulary

  • Aztecs
  • Huitzilopochtli
  • Tenochtitlan
  • Chinampas
  • Lake Texcoco
  • Montezuma II
  • Polytheistic
  • Aztec calendar sun stone
  • Codices
  • Hernán Cortés
  • Malinche
  • Quetzalcoatl
  • Cuauhtémoc

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.3

Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.

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