Common Good in Aztec Culture

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Diverse people
Focus Question 

What can we learn from diverse people today and in history about private action for the common good?

 

Photo Credit:  Aztec Book by Jonathan Cohen is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students learn about the Aztec culture and specifically about their religious practices and sacrifices to the gods. Discussions on the nature of sacrifice bring up the concepts of benefits and opportunity costs of specific personal or group sacrifices.

Service Experience 
In Lesson Three: What Is Sacrifice? students perform an act of personal sacrifice with a measurable opportunity cost that benefits someone else or the common good.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Common Good in Aztec Culture
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson, the students read about some of the religious practices of the Aztec Empire and discuss the practice of human sacrifice to appease the gods. Students discuss the concept of sacrifice for the common good and debate how far we go in sacrificing for the common good.

Unit: 
Common Good in Aztec Culture
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students explore different forms of sacrifice for the common good and answer the question: When is a sacrifice justified and necessary, and when is it a violation of individual rights? Students write a personal goal to make a small sacrifice for the common good.