Ancient Mesopotamia Learning Centers Passport
Phase 1: Introduction to NoodleTools notecards and citation
Phase 2: Ancient Mesopotamia Learning Centers
- Learning centers will be located around the library.
- Each student will have a Passport to Ancient Mesopotamia (attached below) and must complete the activities for each center.
- Students will work in small groups and spend 15 minutes at each center.
- Technology 10
- Stable Food Supply 10
- Gilgamesh 10
- Writing 10
- Religion & Daily Life 10
- Government & Laws 10
- Participation & Behavior 30
- Neatness 10
Invention of Writing
Watch The Development of Writing in Mesopotamia video
Look at these books:
- Mesopotamia by P.F. Service, page 25
- Science in Ancient Mesopotamia by C. Moss, page 22
- Draw objects and numbers using pictographs or cuneiforms.
Writing: Pictographs & Cuneiforms
Farming & Irrigation
Watch the video (below)
Look at the slide show Geography & Irrigation
Draw a picture with a river, irrigation canals, and barley crops.
Government & Laws
Use this source / website: Oriental Institute: Law & Government artificats
Create one notecard:
Title of notecard: Artifact
- Choose one artifact from this page- Oriental Institute: Law & Government
- Indicate what the item is, how it was used, and it's significance
Each notecard must have:
- Paraphrase in your own words!
- URL + title of webpage
Extra Credit: Make a citation for the source.
Gilgamesh is one of the oldest recorded stories in the world. Gilgamesh is the King of Uruk. His father is mortal and his mother is a goddess. Gilgamesh realizes that he is part mortal and must eventually die. Gilgamesh is a bad ruler. His subjects ask the gods for help, and the gods have the goddess Aruru create a man, Enkidu, who will be almost Gilgamesh's equal.
Enkidu hears about Gilgamesh. He challenges Gilgamesh to conquer him and force him to behave properly. They struggle,but finally Gilgamesh throws Enkidu, who loses his anger and recognizes Gilgamesh as a true king. They embrace and become best friends.
Gilgamesh longs to perform great deeds, so his name will be remembered. He wants to go to the cedar forest and slay its guardian monster, Humbaba. Enkidu is terrified, because he knows Humbaba, but Gilgamesh insists, and they prepare for the journey.
Read the story:
Literature expresses qualities a culture considers important.
- What personal qualities do you think the story of Gilgamesh emphasizes?
Create a superhero:
- Draw a picture of your superhero.
- List the personal qualties that your superhero has next to the drawing.
The Standard of Ur
Bottom -- paying tribute to the new king (or bringing home war booty)
Middle -- bringing animals and fish for the banquet (or spoils of war)
Top -- banquet to honor the king (note the harp)