This week, we are going to learn about the Aztec system of writing and what we can learn from the documents that have survived over time.
We will also find out more about the Aztec warriors and their role in Aztec society.
The Aztecs wrote using symbols called glyphs or pictographs. They didn't have an alphabet, but used pictures to represent events, items, or sounds. Only the priests knew how to read and write. They would write on long sheets made of animal skins or plant fibers. An Aztec book is called a codex. Most of the codices were burned or destroyed, but a few survived and archeologists have been able to learn a lot about Aztec life from them.
Watch this short video clip to see a copy of the Borbonicus Aztec codex. What do you notice about their system of writing?
Using your Spanish dictionaries or an online translator, can you work out what these Aztec pictographs mean? Notice that the Nahuatl word is given followed by the Spanish word.
Can you create your own quiz about the Aztecs? You could use the Scratch program in the same way that Ruaidhri did last week! Please email your quiz to me and Onyx bubble can test their understanding!