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In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about The Epic of Gilgamesh. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive literature activity, students respond to 6 short answer and essay questions about The Epic of Gilgamesh. Students may check some of their answers online.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Teachers can help students understand the connection between epic poetry and modern stories and songs.
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.
"To understand the present, we have to imagine the future." In his final video in the series, the narrator discusses an array of considerations tied to globalization, such as the implications of individualism, our impact on the environment and unsustainable use of the planet's resources, and the world's recent dramatic ideological shift in a turn toward democracy. He is able to weave a general reflection of global history into a powerful consideration of humans as historical forces, and prompts learners to see our decisions in a broader context.
Learners 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
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.
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.
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 map Mesopotamia. In this Geography lesson, students are introduced to Ancient Mesopotamia. Students use an atlas to label the defining features and areas of Mesopotamia on a map.
Students explore world history by identifying geographic locations in class. In this Mesopotamia instructional activity, 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.
Students examine the epic poem form and epic hero cycle. They identify stories that fit the epic hero cycle, complete a chart, read excerpts from various epic poems, and in small groups analyze a fable or fairy tale.