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How Was Maya Society Structured?
This week, you will find out how the Maya civilisation was organised and how people's roles in society differed.
First of all, let's look at the different types of people who lived in a Maya society. Look at the document below that contains information about the different roles that you might have had if you were a Maya. See if you can match each description to a person! Then, have a go at ranking them from 'least important' to 'most important'. Check the PowerPoint afterwards for the answers.
The Maya never formed one unified nation. Their civilisation was made up of more than a hundred city states, each with a different ruling family.
What exactly are city states? What were they like? Who lived there?
Find out more in the Powerpoint and video below. Then, choose a Maya city state that interests you and do a little bit of research into it. What can you find out about it? How was it similar and different to other city states?
Now you know a bit more about the city states created by the Maya, imagine you are an expert about to give a guided tour around an ancient city state... Create a leaflet or a poster that gives the people on your tour more information about what they are seeing. Think about these questions:
What features are they going to see?
Where are they positioned?
What were they for?
Who were they used by?
You could also add pictures, a map and fact boxes if you want to. Have fun!
Create a piece of art to represent a Maya pyramid - a very important feature of a city state. You could paint it, make a model, create a collage or do a drawing. You could use one type of material or several. The choice is yours! Make sure you send in a photo - I can't wait to see your creations!
Have a look at the pictures below for some inspiration.