This is where it all began! The book begins by asking, "If you lived along the Tigris and Euphrates, what would change in your daily life?" And we go on from there to explore: The birthplace of the world's first cities; irrigation, which produced a surplus of food; the ziggurat and how religion shaped the culture; Hammurabi's Code (the world's first system of laws); and cuneiform (the world's first system of writing).
"I am Hammurabi " is one of four student speeches found in "Ancient Mesopotamia." Primary topics covered include:
- The geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Mesopotamia.
- How physical features gave rise to the world's first cities: The Fertile Crescent. Tigris & Euphrates.
- Farming techniques, food surplus, division of labor, the emergence of cities as centers of culture and power.
- The city-states of Ur, Babylon, Nineveh.
- The relationship between religion and the political order in Mesopotamia.
- Hammurabi and the significance of Hammurabi's Code.
- The evolution of written language: Cuneiform, clay tablets, pictograph, phonogram, scribe, stylus, Gilgamesh.
|Lesson #1||Timeline Timeline of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome|
|Lesson #2||Chart Compare and Contrast 7 Ancient Civilizations|
|Lesson #3||Graphic organizer How are you connected to the Ancient Civilizations?|
|1. THE PALEOLITHIC ERA TO THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION page 17|
|Lesson #4||Lecture Archaeologists|
|Lesson #5||Lecture Out of Africa...and into Central Asia|
|Lesson #6||Lecture The Paleolithic Era|
|Lesson #7||Internet What was life like during the Stone Age?|
|Lesson #8||Lecture Neolithic Age|
|Lesson #9||Internet The Neolithic Age: Farming Villages!|
|Test 53 questions page 24|
|2. THE ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS page 29|
|Lesson #10||Mapping Post-it a map of the world|
|Lesson #11||Mapping River Cities!|
|Lesson #12||Mapping Locate places on a map!|
|Lesson #13||Chart Did climate contribute to the rise of cities?|
|Lesson #14||Lecture Easy climate!|
|Lesson #15||Lecture Easy clothes!|
|Lesson #16||Mapping Easy Water Supply!|
|Lesson #17||Lecture Uneasy earthquakes|
|Lesson #18||Group analysis Easy land!|
|Lesson #19||Mapping River cities|
|Lesson #20||Chart Ancient Civilizations: What do they have in common?|
|Lesson #21||Group analysis What do they have in common?|
|3. MESOPOTAMIA page 41|
|Lesson #22||Lecture Introduction: Mesopotamia|
|Lesson #23||Group analysis What caused the rise of cities?|
|Lesson #24||Graphic organizer What caused the rise of Mesopotamian cities?|
|Lesson #25||Game Meso Facts and The Bell Game|
|Lesson #26||Writing activity What do you remember about Mesopotamia?|
|Lesson #27||Group analysis Geography is the “Queen of History”|
|Lesson #28||Mapping The Fertile Crescent|
|Lesson #29||Internet w/ game Photos of Mesopotamia and the Bell Game|
|Lesson #30||Graphic organizer The Ziggurat|
|Lesson #31||Lecture The Hanging Gardens of Babylon|
|Lesson #32||Group analysis Life is like a rock group|
|Lesson #33||Chart w/ questions What’s the weather like in Mesopotamia?|
|Lesson #34||Internet If you lived in Mesopotamia...what would change in your daily life?|
|Lesson #35||Game Daily life in Mesopotamia|
|Lesson #36||Game The ABCs of Everyday Life|
|Lesson #37||Game Farming in Mesopotamia and The Bell Game|
|Lesson #38||Game Inventions and Innovations and The Bell Game|
|Lesson #39||Student project Field Trip: Visit a Middle Eastern restaurant|
|Lesson #40||Game Strength or Weakness? and The Bell Game|
|Lesson #41||Group analysis What is civilization?|
|Lesson #42||Group analysis Causes and Results|
|Lesson #43||Graphic organizer Compare & Contrast|
|Lesson #44||Graphic organizer Movement into and out of Mesopotamia|
|Lesson #45||Internet The Evolution of Language|
|Lesson #46||Writing activity Expressive Essay: I am Hammurabi|
|Lesson #47||Writing activity Narrative Essay: I am Hammurabi|
|Lesson #48||Writing activity I am Hammurabi|
|Lesson #49||Writing activity Persuasive Essay: I am Hammurabi|
|Lesson #50||Student project Students teach the class!|
|Lesson #51||Game The ABCs of Mesopotamia|
|Lesson #52||Game Can you speak Sumerian?|
|Test 84 questions page 83|
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