Grade level expectations:
  • Analyze and interpret historical sources to ask and research historical questions.
  • The historical eras, individuals, groups, ideas and themes in regions of the Western Hemisphere and their relationship with one another.
  • Use geographic tools to solve problems.
  • Human and physical systems vary and interact.
  • Identify and analyze different economic systems.
  • Analyze the interconnectedness of the United States and other nations.

Students will understand:
Mexico is defined by unique cultural, geographic, economic and historical elements.
An economic relationship exists between Mexico and the United States and it impacts both nations in various ways.

Essential Questions:
What makes Mexico a nation?
Is it better for Mexico and the united States to be economically independent or interdependent??

Students will know...
  • examples of how people have adapted to their physical environment in Mexico (ex. climate, ecosystems)
  • definition of specialization and specific examples from the U.S. and Mexico
  • definition of immigration and push and pull factors related to Mexico-U.S. immigration
  • characteristics of native cultures (Aztec, Maya) and their perspectives of historical events
  • key people, events, and ideas of the pre-Columbian and colonial periods (Cortes', Spanish conquest, astronomy, aqueducts)
  • cultural elements derived from the colonial period in Mexico (language, religion, art)

Students will be able to...
  • identify ways that different cultures in Mexico recorded history (Maya calendar, hieroglyphics)
  • use primary and secondary sources to formulate historical questions and determine if it is sufficient to answer historical questions
  • critique primary and secondary source information to explain the historical context of key people, events, and ideas over time including the examination of different perspectives from people involved. (Aztec, Maya, major explorers, colonizers)
  • identify examples of social, political, cultural, and economic contributions of Aztec and Maya civilizations
  • use special purpose maps and data to solve problems and (ex. per capita GDP, Human Development Index) to compare Mexico to other North American countrys' standards of living and economies
  • ask multiple types of questions after examining geographic sources.
  • explain the advantages and disadvantages of living in an interconnected world and analyze the types of connections (NAFTA, immigration, economic interdependence)
  • explain the impact of physical geography on the development of past and present civilizations and their economies and give examples of how people have adapted. (Aztec agricultural practices, Tenochtitlan, modern economic specilization in agriulture)
  • interpret and communicate geographic data to justify potential solutions to problems.
  • explain how different economic systems affect job and career options and the populations' standards of living.
  • apply economic reasoning to explain why certain careers are more common in one region than in another and how specialization results in more interdependence (regions within and Mexico compared to other nations)
  • analyze political issues from both national and global perspective over time (ex. immigration)