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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, students analyze the Cuneiform writing system in ancient Mesopotamia and how the civilization evolved due to the system. Students place artifacts in chronological order of their creation and write an explanation paragraph.
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.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 Invention of Writing
Students recreate activities that took place in a Mesopotamian school. They experience the complexities of learning how to read and write cuneiform script.
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.
Words into Pictures
Learners 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. Learners work in groups and utilize handouts to create cuneiform tablets.
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.
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. 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.
Cuneiform Numbers Worksheet 1
In this cuneiform numbers instructional activity, learners practice writing numbers in cuneiform. This one-page instructional activity contains approximately 40 problems.
The History of Writing
The history of written communication can be an interesting addition to history lessons.
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.
An Ancient Revolution: The Written Word
Students explore the impact of written communication. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students investigate communication from ancient Sumer and discuss its relevance today. Students 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.
In this ancient civilizations worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer questions and complete a graphic organizer about Babylonia after they read the included selections.
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.
Ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian Writing
Students research cuneiform and hieroglyphics from the internet and use educational software to create their own cuneiform tablet in this excellent World History lesson. The use of the computer software program Inspiration 7.5 is suggested.
Roll the Presses
Students explore censorship and school newspapers. They study the case of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier.
Applications of Cargoes from Three Continents to the Latin Classroom
Learners discuss the importance of communication and writing in their daily lives. In groups, they use the internet to research the development of letters, alphabets and writing materials. They trace the spread of the Latin language through trade and identify how it is still used today.
Mesopotamian Tablet, Egyptian Art
First graders examine cuneiform writing from a stone tablet, then write a simple sentence using pictographs. They analyze various examples of Egyptian art, construct a model of an Egyptian boat, and create a class painting using glyphs from each student.
Passages of Man and Word
Third graders explore transportation and written communication prior to the Renaissance.
Math & Measurement
Students create a chart of cuneiform symbols for numerals. They create clay tablets and use them to answer questions. They write cuneiform numbers or math problems on their tablets.