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Go Down in History; Bring It Into Question!

These are the goals for Unit 4. Read this information carefully. It describes the skills you will be able to use at the end of this section.

This Unit has four lessons: Fishy Stories, Thereby Hangs a Tale!, Bringing Into Question, and Map It Out! They involve the practice of the four main language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will learn grammar to help you self-correct and you will also find new words to expand your vocabulary.

At the end of this Unit, you will be able to:

• Read for general understanding and, for specific information.
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• Writing reports about what other people said or told.
• Writing a review from a past trip.
• Direct and Indirect Speech
• Verbs of Sensation
• Indefinite Pronouns
• Embedded Questions
• Too and enough
• Prepositions of place review.

Follow the next steps to take advantage of this Unit. (ESTOS TIPS DEBERAN ESTAR RESALTADOS DE ALGUNA MANERA)
 Always bring a dictionary to class.
 Use a notebook and keep your notes and written work in order.
 Refer to the Grammar Ally and the Writing Ally in the back of the book for additional explanations.
 Listen to the Audio after school so you can improve your listening skills.
 Do homework practices in your workbook.

Before you begin this Unit, check the key vocabulary on page x.

Go Down in History
The Maya civilization was one of the most dominant indigenous societies of Mesoamerica (a term used to describe Mexico and Central America before the 16th-century Spanish conquest). Unlike other scattered indigenous populations of Mesoamerica, the Maya covered a wide territory of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. This concentration helped its people develop one of the most astonishing and unique cultures in the antique world, where the level of knowledge, philosophy and technology still amaze people around the
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As you already know the Maya were advanced astronomers, architects and mathematicians so it isn’t surprising that they joined these three skills do it. We can find the most famous astronomical pyramid in Chichén Itzá. During equinoxes, an undulating shadow called the “snake” crawls along the side of Kukulcan’s northern staircase. This is caused by the angle of the sun hitting the nine main terraces.
Sports were as important to the ancient Maya as they are to the people today.
Many Maya cities contained a ball court where teams of the best athletes would try to overpower the others. The heavy, often soccer-size ball was made from hard rubber.
The games were cultural spectacles which summoned a great number of people. The only twist would be that they were followed by human sacrifices where the winning team was offered to the gods. "To die in Tikal is an honor," They said.

The Maya were extremely clean and loved the sauna.
Ancient Maya enjoyed steamy stone saunas, known as temascal which are still popular in our days.

Ancient Maya cities built saunas of stone or adobe mud. They were used for health and spiritual fulfillment. They frequently combined water with fire-heated rocks to create steam, and sometimes different kinds of leaves and spices were added to the mix to perfume or heal the

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