Thursday, September 07, 2023

The Conquistador Emoji Project

Imagine your shock when arrive at your destination, the city you plan to conquer only to realize that is the cleanest, most beautiful city you or any of your fellow conquistadors have ever experienced. 

You arrived from one of the most powerful nations on earth, having sailed from one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Europe, only to find that it pales in comparison to the city you thought would be primitive, not unlike the people you plan to enslave. 

How would you feel?
After reading the article provided on the worksheet, put yourself in the place of a Spanish conquistador seeing Tenotichlan for the first time. You will write about your experience, but not using words.

The pictures above are Aztec script symbols. They use the symbols to share their information. We do something similar with emojis. If using symbols to tell a story was good enough for the Aztecs, it is certainly good enough for you. 

Your assignment is to write your story using words and emojis as a conquistador first entering Tenochtitlan. 
  1. Read the story.
  2. Write a story as though you are a conquistador traveling with Cortes into Tenochtitlan for the first time, describe what you are seeing.
  3. Use the Emoji Keyboard to rewrite your story using emoji.
  4. Copy the story and the emojis and paste it into an email and send it to me.
  5. email address:
Essential Question:
  • How did Tenochtitlan compare to European cities?
  • What did the conquistadors see when they first entered Tenochtitlan?
  • What were the European cities like?
  • Assignment is due Wednesday, September 13 for full credit. After you will receive only half credit.

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