Ch 17: The Maya, Aztec & Inca Peoples

About This Chapter

This chapter offers the teacher resources you need to strengthen your class instruction on the Maya, Aztec and Inca peoples. Get your students excited about the rise of the Incan Empire, the culture of the Aztecs and more with help from engaging lessons, mini quizzes and other resources.

The Maya, Aztec & Inca Peoples - Chapter Summary

Enhance your class instruction of the Maya, Aztec and Inca peoples by taking advantage of this chapter's helpful teacher resources. Entertaining lessons provide in-depth analyses of the Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations, artistic and oral traditions, culture, geographic impacts and much more. Feel free to share these lessons with your students or use them to prepare your own comprehensive lessons.

This chapter offers access to additional resources like self-assessment quizzes and subject-matter experts who can answer questions about information presented in the lessons. All resources are available 24/7 via any computer or mobile device, making it easy to prepare for class during the timeframes you choose.

How It Helps

  • Offers convenience: This chapter significantly reduces the time you spend researching information about the Maya, Aztec and Inca peoples for your lessons by providing resources in one convenient location.
  • Supplements lesson materials: The lessons in this chapter can be used as additional learning materials during your classroom instruction, giving your students multiple ways to learn.
  • Checks students' comprehension: In addition to sharing the fun lessons in this chapter with your students, feel free to use accompanying multiple-choice quizzes to assess your students' comprehension of those lessons.

Skills Covered

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Discuss the rise and disappearance of the Maya civilization
  • Develop lessons covering daily life and artistic/oral traditions of the Maya
  • Help students understand the civilization, culture and artistic and oral traditions of the Aztecs
  • Incorporate information on the Inca civilization and Pizarro into your lessons
  • Educate students on life in the Incan Empire and the artistic and oral traditions of the Inca
  • Create fun lessons covering the impact geography had on the Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations
  • Teach your students about Mesoamerican achievements in architecture and astronomy

12 Lessons in Chapter 17: The Maya, Aztec & Inca Peoples
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Rise of the Maya Civilization

1. The Rise of the Maya Civilization

In this lesson, you will explore the origins of the great Maya civilization that developed in Central America. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Life in the Maya Civilization

2. Life in the Maya Civilization

In this lesson, you will experience a day in the life of a person in the Maya civilization of Central America, and then test your understanding about this complex culture.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Maya

3. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Maya

In this lesson, you will explore the art and language of the Maya, one of the highly sophisticated cultures of the ancient Americas. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept

4. Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept

For many years, archaeologists have studied the collapse of the Maya civilization. Learn the different theories archaeologists believe were responsible for the downfall of the Maya.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

5. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Aztec

6. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Aztec

In this lesson, you will explore how art and language were deeply connected in the Aztec Empire, a powerful culture that controlled Central America. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about the Aztec Empire, their language, and their art with a brief quiz.

The Rise of the Incan Empire

7. The Rise of the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of one of the greatest civilizations of the Americas: the Inca. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Incan history with a brief quiz.

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

8. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.

Life in the Incan Empire

9. Life in the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will be able to experience a day in the life of a subject of the Incan Empire, an advanced civilization of South America. Then, you will test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Inca

10. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Inca

In this lesson, you will explore the language and art of the great Inca civilization of South America. Then, you be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

11. Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

In this lesson, you will explore the jungles of the Yucatan, the high valleys of Mexico, and the peaks of Peru as we examine how geography shaped the civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Mesoamerican Achievements in Astronomy & Architecture

12. Mesoamerican Achievements in Astronomy & Architecture

In this lesson, you will explore the math and science of the Aztecs, Maya, and Inca: three of the greatest civilizations of the ancient Americas. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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