Hero Twins As Scribes Writing a Codex, Justin Kerr K1523

ACTIVITY 3 Ballgame Readings

Lesson Objectives
After reading Jane Stevenson Day's article students will be able to discuss the:
  1. history of Mesoamerican Ballgames-1500 BC to present
  2. reasons for playing
  3. rules of the game
  4. equipment and ballcourts
  5. importance of the game-social, political, ceremonial, symbolic
  6. stakes of the game:gambling, politics, sacrifice
  7. legacy into the 21st century
Review previous knowledge of Mesoamerica by using maps, timelines, Organizational charts and class discussion. Student discussion should reflect their work from the Las Artes de Mexico unit, journal writing and class notes.

Next, read Jane Stevenson Day Mesoamerican Ballgame.pdf for an overview of the Mesoamerican Ballgame and to prepare for research and presentations on various aspects of the Mesoamerican Ballgame. (Activity 5) A Six Idea Chart will help students organize their ideas.(Organizational Charts)

En Español
La Pelota Mesoamericana Actividad 3 Lecturas.doc
Hoja de Organización Actividad 3 Lectura, El Juego de Pelota.doc (Kelly Laske version)
Organizational charts
Class Discussion

Articles by Jane Stevenson Day and Mark Van Stone
Organizational charts, maps, timeline

Additional Activity
To learn more about the Popol Vuh, sacrifice and the ballgame read Mark Van Stone’s discussion of the Mesoamerican Ballgame at www.famsi.org
Did the Loser of the Ballgame Get Sacrificed by Mark Van Stone.