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The Aztec civilization is brought to life through the eyes of six members of Aztec society—emperor, priest, slave, teacher, artist, and warrior—and their individual responses to the arrival of Hernan Cortes. Through first-person narratives, drawings, and theatrical dramatization, students demonstrate their understanding of Aztec customs, activities, and expectations about the arrival of Cortes.


CCSS English Language Arts
RI 6.1, RI 6.2, RI 6.3, RI 6.6, RI 6.7, RI 6.9, W 6.2, W 6.4, W 6.5, W 6.6, W 6.7, W 6.8, W 6.9, SL 6.1, SL 6.5

6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.2.2, 6.2.3

CA Arts Standards
6.TH:Cr1b, 6.TH:Cr2a-b, 6.TH:Cr3a-b, 6.TH:Pr4a-b, 6.TH:Pr5a, 6.TH:Cn11.2a-b, 6.VA:Cr1.1, 6.VA:Cr1.2, 6.VA:Cr3, 6.VA:Re8, 6.VA:Cn10

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