Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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U.S. History Interactive Maps
In this interactive, maps provide an overview of key themes in U.S. history, and are built on a series of bookmarks with markers highlighting events and people that illustrate the theme, along with map layers that provide additional information. Educators and students can customize maps by adding bookmarks, markers, and information and save them as their own.

CollapseLooking for Clues at Copan
Looking for Clues at Copan: image map
Click on a topic above to begin.

Through fieldwork and lab work, archaeologists have been piecing together what happened to bring about the collapse of Copán, once a thriving center of Maya civilization. In this activity, you'll be following in the steps of the archaeologists who studied Copán, looking for clues to how it collapsed. You'll be trying to answer two questions:

1. Why did Copán collapse?

2. Was the end a gradual decline or a rapid fall?

To get started, Journalclick on one of the topics to the left (monuments, houses, bones, people, or botany). Use your Copán journal to record important clues along the way.

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"Collapse" is inspired by programs from Out of the Past,
a video series from Annenberg Media.


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