People and Ethnic Groups
Day of the Dead Celebration
a Travel Brochure
- To gain an understanding of the ancient history of Mexico.
- To learn about the history of the state of Oaxaca.
- To learn about the ancient peoples who inhabited the area and to
understand the effect those people have on modern day Oaxaca.
- Paper and pencil
- Detailed maps of Mexico and Oaxaca state
- Watercolors or tempera paints
- Colored markers
- Chart or heavy duty paper
- Web Sites (See Links below)
|Before beginning the study of
the history of Mexico have the students complete a KWHL Chart.
(K= What Do We Know?; W= What Do We Want To Know?; H= How Do We Find
Out?; L= What Have We Learned?) This activity can be done as an entire
class or in small groups. If done in small groups, each group will share
its chart with the entire class and then the class can do a composite of
all the groups.
- How far back does the known history of Mexico go? When is the
"high point" considered to be?
- What is the name of the ancient city close to the modern city of
Oaxaca that was built during the Classic Period? What was the name
of the people who inhabited it?
- What other people have inhabited the area?
- What are the primary languages spoken in the state of Oaxaca?
- Why do you think the indigenous people are still fighting for
their rights in the rural areas of Oaxaca?
- Construct a model of the ancient city of Monte Alban.
- Draw a chart showing all of the different groups of people who
have inhabited the Oaxaca valleys and the periods of time they lived
- Make up a list of reasons why you think the ancient city of Monte
Alban was abandoned.
- Conduct a round table discussion on the influences the Spanish
might have had on the indigenous people and discuss how things might
have been different if the Spanish had not conquered the country.
|In addition to paper and pencil tests, teachers could use
individual or small group projects, oral reports, mental maps or
structured overviews for assessment.
Vocabulary Search (search box)
Oaxaca web site links