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The Cuneiform Writing System in Ancient Mesopotamia: Emergence and Evolution
Students research the parallel development and complexity of writing and civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. In this ancient Mesopotamia lesson plan, students analyze the Cuneiform writing system in ancient Mesopotamia and how the civilization evolved due to the system.
7th - 9th Language Arts 39 Views 171 Downloads
Words into Pictures
Students discover the history of writing through images, and the universal themes that are still relevant. In this communications instructional activity, students analyze a group of symbols on the black board and must translate them into a complete sentence.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 9 Views 39 Downloads
Mr. Green provides an overview of Ancient Mesopotamia by examining the political structures and cultural beliefs of the region. The video reviews shifts in authority from religious to political leaders, as well as the influence of cuneiform, Hammurabi's code, and the development of territorial kingdoms and empires.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Who Invented Writing?
Cuneiforms and characters, hieroglyphics and cartouches, Morse code and Pig Latin. Who invented writing? Why, the Sumerians and the Chinese, of course. Viewers watch as the video narrator details the development of writing from art, which is drawing what you mean, to rebus writing, i.
4 mins 7th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Ancient Tablets, Ancient Graves: Accessing Women's Lives in Mesopotamia
Students explore the role of women in ancient Mesopotamia. Several excerpts from the Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets and artifacts are analyzed to determine the treatment, rights, and powers of women in this era.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 44 Downloads
Hands-On! The Invention of Writing
Students are introduced to the way writing was invented in Mesopotamia. In groups, they participate in re-creations of events that occured in a traditional Mesopotamian school. They practice writing in cuneiform script on clay using various art materials.
4th - 5th Language Arts 5 Views 54 Downloads
The Emergence and Evolution of the Cuneiform Writing System in Ancient Mesopotamia
Students explore the parallel development and increasing complexity of writing and the growth of civilization in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys in ancient Mesopotamia.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 14 Views 260 Downloads
Ancient History Math Mystery
Through several organized and attractive worksheets, your learners will make a deduction about tally marks and hieroglyphics to determine what they represent in the ancient numeral system. This is a well-designed, interdisciplinary worksheet with cross-curricular connections between ancient history and math.
6th - 8th Math 65 Views 57 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
In this geography worksheet, students read about ancient Mesopotamia and respond to five short answer questions that follow. They identify what part of the country was the heart of Mesopotamia. Then students compare the given map with a current map of the area.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 213 Downloads
Writing Exercise: Ancient Sumer
When summer is over, it's time to get started on Sumer! Get your scholars writing about Ancient Sumer civilizations in this exercise, which features five short-answer prompts. Writers will describe Fertile Crescent Geography, compare and contrast ancient civilization to modern-day, outline ancient writing techniques, and depict basic features of Sumerian culture.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 9 Views 104 Downloads
Remains of the Day
Students consider how archaeologists discovered and pieced together artifacts that indicate a Celtic presence in ancient Turkey. They research ancient civilizations and create archaeological digs containing items representative of these cultures.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 41 Downloads
The Seven Blunders of the World
Learners explore the cultures and civilizations of Mesopotamia. They take a look at the factors that shaped the region, and study the history of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and other ancient wonders of the world. The class is divided up into seven groups.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 32 Views 124 Downloads
An Ancient Revolution: The Written Word
Learners explore the impact of written communication. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students investigate communication from ancient Sumer and discuss its relevance today. Learners watch a multimedia presentation about cuneiform and then create their own pictorial writing system.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 82 Downloads
Students explore world history by identifying geographic locations in class. In this Mesopotamia lesson, students view a timeline of the history of Mesopotamia and the different empires that ruled the area. Students view a PowerPoint presentation and complete several worksheets about the culture and people of Mesopotamia.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 44 Views 413 Downloads