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Learners research the parallel development and complexity of writing and civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. In this ancient Mesopotamia lesson, students analyze the Cuneiform writing system in ancient Mesopotamia and how the civilization evolved due to the system. Learners place artifacts in chronological order of their creation and write an explanation paragraph.
Students discover the history of writing through images, and the universal themes that are still relevant.  For this communications lesson, students analyze a group of symbols on the black board and must translate them into a complete sentence.  Students work in groups and utilize handouts to create cuneiform tablets.
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. 
In this cuneiform numbers worksheet, students practice writing numbers in cuneiform. This one-page worksheet contains approximately 40 problems.
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.e. using pictures to represent words or parts of words, to symbols that represent sounds, to phonetic alphabets known as cuneiforms. Viewers are also offered opportunities to test their recall of information presented in the video (Think), to think critically about the information (Dig Deeper), and to Discuss the implications of the materials presented.
The history of written communication can be an interesting addition to history lessons.
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.
Young scholars study what papyrus was and what it was used for. Students explore how papyrus was made, and the two writing systems hieroglyphics and cuneiform.
Students recreate activities that took place in a Mesopotamian school. They experience the complexities of learning how to read and write cuneiform script.
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.
Students explore the parallel development and increasing complexity of writing and the growth of civilization in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys in ancient Mesopotamia.
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.
For 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. Finally, they identify three famous empires that were a part of the region.
In this Civilizations learning exercise, learners complete a graphic organizer tracing the development of cities and the rise of civilization, then define some key terms.
In this civilization activity, students complete a graphic organizer detailing how civilizations emerged. They then identify key elements of an ancient civilization.
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. No informational text is available, and this would most likely work best with either a preceding handout or lecture.
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.
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. Each one researches and makes a presentation to the class on one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. The lesson is really good, and looks like i will be motivating and enlightening for your middle schoolers.   
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. 
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.

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