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Write your own story – The Mayans

They lived in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and they ate a lot of maize… Get ready to write a story about the mysterious Mayans. Perhaps two Maya children are lost in the rainforest? Maybe your hero is trapped down a well or lost in a tomb? Or perhaps your unlucky hero is the captain of the losing pitz team and he’s about to be sacrificed!

⊕ Go through the steps below to create your story...

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1. Choose a name (female characters)...

  • Akna
  • Xoc
  • Colel
  • Itzel
  • Zac-kuk

Mayans first appeared about 2,500 years ago. The height of Mayan civilization was 250 AD.

2. Choose a name for a male character...

  • Aapo
  • Fabio
  • Gabor
  • Cadmael
  • Dacey
  • Christopher Columbus (Spanish explorer)
  • Choose your own idea

In his journal, Columbus says that during his fourth voyage to the Americas in 1502, he encountered large canoes that hold up to 40 Mayan locals.

3. Choose two locations where the action takes place...

  • Chichen Itza (Mayan city)
  • Step Pyramid
  • a swamp
  • the ocean (off the coast of Mexico)
  • tomb
  • rainforest
  • Cenote Sagrado (sacrificial well)
  • pitz pitch
  • Choose your own idea

Pitz was the name of the Mayans ball game - played with a rubber ball. Sometimes the losing captain would be sacrificed! Priests were also known to throw victims down a well to test the will of the gods.

4. Choose two objects to be in the story...

  • stone knife (for sacrificing)
  • stela (stone slab with writing)
  • priest’s mask
  • obsidian statue
  • green jade head
  • snake
  • jaguar
  • canoe
  • booby trap
  • Choose your own idea

Obsidian and jade were precious items. Obsidian is black volcanic glass.

5. Write the story from the most exciting part!

If you are with a partner - write one line each. Start with a line of dialouge.