Take a Guided Tour of Maya Mexico, 2017

Explore the ruins of Ek’ Balam, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza, scramble through streets of colonial Merida, and sample the cuisine and culture of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on this guided photo essay (complete with suggested activities for use in your social studies classroom.)

This photo essay works perfectly in conjunction with the rest of our free Maya unit.

Suggested Activities

  1. Choose any topic described in a photo or caption in this album. Do deeper reading and research on that topic, creating a presentation to share with your class.
  2. Research and plan a realistic travel itinerary through Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula that focuses specifically on its Maya and colonial histories. Explain the historical or cultural relevance of your choices. Present the final itinerary with photos and estimated costs for the whole trip.

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Stateless Peoples in Lands Far from Home

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The Maya City

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Ancient Maya Society

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The Ancient Maya in Time and Space

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The Basics of Ancient Maya Civilization

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The Psychology of a Refugee Crisis

What psychological dangers do refugees face throughout their journey and during their time searching for safety and a new home?
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Refugees and Human Rights in Bulgaria

What are refugees, why are they in European countries like Bulgaria, and how is the United Nations involved? Continue reading “Refugees and Human Rights in Bulgaria”