Sunday, June 2, 2013

Terry Deary is a British children´s author. He was born in 1946 in Sunderland, England. He is one of Britain´s best-selling authors and was voted Outstanding Children´s Non-Fiction Author of the 20th century. He is famous among childdren and adults for being the main author of the "Horrible Histories" series of books. Terry Deary is nowadays retired from writing  and lives in Burnhope, County Durham, England.

Now, read the following excerpts borrowed from two of Terry Deary´s "Horrible Histories" books and complete the activities about INCAN TEMPLES and AZTEC SUPERSTITIONS: (My sincere thanks to the authors for these fantabulous materials, which have only been used for didactic purposes)
 Now, answer the following questions using your own words:

1. Who was Pedro de Cieza de Leon and what did he write?

2. Were the Spanish conquistadors surprised when they saw the Incan temple? How do we know?

3. Do you think the conquistadors were really interested in Incan art? Explain your answer.

4. Describe the temple using your own words in no more than three lines.

Find synonyms in the text for the following words and expressions:

1. baby llamas:
2. enormous:
3. piece:
4. had the intention:

Find a Passive structure in the text: ________________________________________________

Turn the following sentence into Reported Speech: 
 "If I wrote down everything I saw then no one would believe me" , Cieza de Leon said.

(excerpt borrowed and adapted from "The Incredible Incas" by Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Philip Reeve)


When the Spanish first arrived in Mexico, they discovered a fabulous civilization: the Aztecs. But, what did Aztec explorers said  to their Emperor Motecuhzoma about the strange people they had seen? Read the following speech bubbles and find out:

 Now turn the bubbles into Reported Speech and try to join them using the appropriate sequencers and connectors.

Would you like to know what really happened? Read about it and write a summary in three or four lines.

(excerpt borrowed and adapted from "The Angry Aztecs" by Terry Deary and Martin Brown)