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Maya, Aztec, and Inca—The History of Three Pre-Columbian Civilizations FLEX

During this 7-week Flexible Schedule course, students will explore the geography of Mexico, Central, and South America, and the history, government, and culture of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca.
Francesca G Dixon
31 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 27 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$18 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 7 weeks
No live meetings

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with the geography, key historical events, social structure, culture, and elites of three Pre-Columbian civilizations and gain background knowledge and rare-word vocabulary from a specific domain that will enhance their reading comprehension of nonfiction text.
I have taught this unit for several years as a full-time, certified Elementary and Secondary teacher at the District of Columbia Public Schools. As an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego, I attended Third College (since renamed Thurgood Marshall College), dedicated to Third World Studies, Race, and Ethnicity.  I conducted a study tour through Mexico, spending extensive time at the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City.  As a full-time teacher in Washington, DC, I led numerous field trips to the Dumbarton Oaks Museum to view its collection of Pre-Columbian art.  Additionally, I taught for 8 years at a public elementary school with a demographic that is predominantly made up of children from Mexico and Central America.  I currently reside in the same neighborhood where my former students live.  I received an Excellence Award by the Educational Testing Service for  Outstanding performance on the PRAXIS II Test for Social Studies Content Knowledge. My unique expertise is in developing and teaching content-rich, humanities units that integrate geography, history, literature, science, art, and music.  Additionally, I have developed a repertoire of strategies for teaching reading in the content area to intermediate-age students.
Each week, students will read and respond to a written text.  Assignments are designed to help students engage with the content.  The amount of time necessary to complete the assignments will depend on the learner. 
All of the resources used for this class are available online at no cost. What follows is a sample of the type of resources that will be used. • Remains of a Thriving Civilization https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/remains-thriving-civilization/ • Modern Day Maya https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/modern-day-maya/ • Food Staple https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/food-staple/ • Aztec Civilization https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/aztec-civilization/ • Tenochtitlan https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/tenochtitlan/ • Lofty Ambitions of the Inca https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/lofty-ambitions-inca/5th-grade/ • Incan Empire https://www.nationalgeographic.org/photo/census-inca/ • History 101: Machu Picchu https://www.nationalgeographic.org/video/history-101-machu-picchu/ • Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations https://www.coreknowledge.org/free-resource/ckhg-unit-02-maya-aztec-inca-civilizations/student-reader/
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Padlet
  • Quizlet
I will provide feedback on all submitted assignments.  Completed work can be compiled into a portfolio.  If requested I will provide a letter grade and certificate.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The content and resources for this class are appropriate for intermediate learners. Because Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, Central and South America, including the Maya, Aztec and Inca, have been and continue to be marginalized and exploited, special care is needed for educators to add context and expose bias in resources.  If or when inaccuracies or biases are present in any resources used for this class, I will use them as teachable moments to explain what is inaccurate and how the resource shows bias. 


Francesca G Dixon
Lives in the United States
Feasting on Knowledge With Ms. Dixon
31 total reviews
51 completed classes

About Me

Education should be a feast of knowledge and all students should be invited to a banquet that includes literature, history, geography, art, music, science, and math. I believe that rich content knowledge and a wide vocabulary greatly enhance... 
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