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In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, learners respond to 25 multiple choice questions about The Epic of GilgameshStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 6 short answer and essay questions about The Epic of GilgameshStudents may check some of their answers online.
Gilgamesh, the hero of the famous Mesopotamian epic, is advised, “The file that you are seeking you will never find. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.” Ask your class to read selected passages from the Epic of Gilgamesh and to consider how beliefs about mortality and immortality in ancient times compare to those today. Prompts for writing or for discussion are included in the plan.
A debate over the need for natural resources versus the preservation of natural resources is prompted by the reading of an excerpt from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh wants the tress in the Cedar Forest for his building program while Hambaba wants to guard the forest.  Class members apply these same conflicting points of view to the expansion and development of the United States. Discussion prompts are included.
Combine business and creativity with this imaginative project that brings The Epic of Gilgamesh to the big screen. High school directors team up, and develop the prologue of the myth into a pre-production film trailer. Educators can develop this idea into a larger project where learners can develop the entire epic into a film. They can cast, storyboard, write a script, and create a marketing plan using a product that is currently available. It could be a lot of fun!
Here is a rather esoteric resource that presents the archetypes found in “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” and would be appropriate for a college-level psychology or literature class, or as a teacher resource. Considered the “world’s oldest story,” the characters and events in the tale of Gilgamesh are presented as illustrations of the archetypal theories of Carl Jung and Fritz Perls’ ideas of polarities. The discussion and writing prompts asks participants to make text-to-theories and text-to-self connections.
Do leaders need to be more moral than followers? Does power corrupt? Can anyone be a leader? Begin a study of leadership with a reading of excerpts from the Epic of Gilgamesh. After examining the ancient Mesopotamian hero, class members “vote with their feet” and agree or disagree with a series of statements about leadership. The ensuing discussion permits learners to examine, like Gilgamesh, the deep aspects of leadership.
Teachers can help students understand the connection between epic poetry and modern stories and songs.
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.   
Sixth graders discover the problems that early Mesototamian farmers faced while developing agriculture in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. They design a working model that solves those unique challenges.
Students develop a timeline of events associated with Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus River, and the Huang He. They prepare a clay, wood, or paper model of a representative artifact from one civilization. They write a description of their item. Students draw a representative fashion and write an explanation of their drawing.
Sixth graders identify the major obstacles in farming in Mesopotamia. They work together to design and build a model that solves these problems. They write a short essay that describes the problems and their possible solutions.
Sixth graders discover how humans modify their environment. They work together to design their own simple machine to transport materials. They record observations and suggest modifications.
Students examine the Q.& A. article found each week in the Science Times, focusing on how the answers present scientific data in a clear and logical manner. They write their own questions and answer other classmates' questions in the format o
Moral choices arise when a character is imbued with great talent or super powers. A study of these choices form the basis of a unit focused on character development in the first two novels of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series. The richly detailed plans include step-by-step lessons, activities, extensions, journal prompts, and culminating activities. A great resource.
The history of written communication can be an interesting addition to history lessons.
The literature of the ancient world can provide a motivating way for students to explore history.
Use visual aids and live performances to help connect ancient myths to human emotions.
Students map Mesopotamia. In this Geography instructional activity, students are introduced to Ancient Mesopotamia. Students use an atlas to label the defining features and areas of Mesopotamia on a map.
Young scholars explore world history by identifying geographic locations in class. In this Mesopotamia lesson plan, students view a timeline of the history of Mesopotamia and the different empires that ruled the area. Young scholars view a PowerPoint presentation and complete several worksheets about the culture and people of Mesopotamia.

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