5. How useful are the pictures of Frederick Catherwood about the Maya?
A lesson for KS2 about the explorer and artist Frederick Catherwood and his contribution to our understanding of the Maya - including a detailed lesson plan, Powerpoint and printable activity sheets.
This lesson is part of our popular Maya Topic Lesson Pack for KS2.
Lesson 5. How useful are the pictures of Frederick Catherwood as a source of information about the Maya?
This lesson looks at the concept of primary and secondary sources and gets pupils thinking about the potential usefulness of both types of sources. Pupils will learn about the explorer and artist Frederick Catherwood and will consider how useful his pictures of Maya ruins are as a source about the Maya Civilization, taking into account his methods and intentions. After completing a source evaluation activity, pupils will be encouraged to discuss how the skills used in evaluating Catherwood’s images link to the skills needed today when looking at images shared on social media.
To evaluate the usefulness of a historical source
To explore the significance of Frederick Catherwood’s contribution to our understanding of the Maya
This resource is a zipped file containing:
Lesson Plan and Resource Sheet (PDF file)
Lesson Slides (both Powerpoint and PDF version included)