DBQ 8: CIVILIZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS
Between 300 and L500, three advanced civilizations developed in Central and South
America. The Mayas flourished from 250 to 900. Mayan ruins remain even today in
Cenkal 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 question is based on the accompanying documents
Part A. 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. 3. Based on your own knowledge and on the information found the documents, formulate a thesis that directly answers the document-based q uestion.
4. Organize supportive and relevant information into a brief outline.
5. Write a well-organized essay proving your thesis. You should present your essay logically. lnclude information both from the documents and frorrl your own knowledge beyond the documents. The following documents deal with the former civilizations of Central and
South America. Examine each document carefully. ln the space provided, answer the questions that follow each document.
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DBQ 8: CIVILTZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS