C3 Teachers Inquiry #1- Complex Societies
This inquiry provides students with an opportunity to evaluate a series of innovations by three complex civilizations— Maya, Aztec, and Inca. In examining the compelling question “What makes a complex society complex?” students explore how complex societies and civilizations adapt to and modify their environment to meet the needs of their people. The goal of this inquiry is to provide enough background about these innovations and technological advancements to support students as they develop arguments about what makes societies complex.
Students will focus on these three questions along the way:
- How did the Maya use writing to represent activities in their culture?
- What did the Aztecs do to master their watery environment?
- Why were roads important to the Inca Empire?