Dbq 8: civilizations of the americas historical Context



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DBQ 8: CIVILIZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS

Historical Context

Between 300 and 1500, three advanced civilizations developed in Central and South America. The Mayas flourished from 250 to 900. Mayan ruins remain even today in Central America. The Aztecs conquered most of Mexico. They built a highly developed civilization in the 1400s. At the same time, the Incas were building an empire in Peru.

Directions:The following documents deal with the former civilizations of Central and South America. Examine each document carefully. In the space provided, answer the questions that follow each document. As you analyze the documents, take into account both the source of each document and the author's point of view. Be sure to do each of the following steps:

1. Carefully read the document-based question. Consider what you already know about this topic. How would you answer the question if you had no documents to examine?

2. Read each document carefully, underlining key phrases and words that address the document-based question. You may also wish to use the margin to make brief notes. Answer the questions that follow each document before moving on to the next document.

TAKE NOTES AND ANSWER QUESTIONS RIGHT ON THIS DOCUMENT! YOU MAY USE THIS DOCUMENT DURING THE BASELINE ASSESSMENT ESSAY WRITING.

Document 1

This Mayan pyramid temple in Tikal was the tallest structure in the Americas until the twentieth century.





  1. Describe the significance of Mayan architecture evidenced in this temple at Tikal.

Document 2

This is a glyph (symbol) from the Mayan calendar.





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