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Mesopotamia



Assignment 13

Now that we are finished with the Mesopotamia unit, I would like you to reflect on what you have learned about Mesopotamia. Please complete these sentences clearly and with specific details. Write the answers on your wiki page. If you need reminders of what we did, just scroll through the assignments on this page or look through your notes.

1. The single most important thing I learned was...

2. Something that confused me or that I didn't understand was...

3. What surprised me the most was...

4. I would like to know more about...

5. The part that I think I will always remember was...

Assignment 12

Source: Read pages 76 and 77 in your online textbook
Directions: Carefully read pages 76-77 and choose one of the empires below. Research the empire you have chosen (two links are provided for each already) and complete The Characteristics of Civilization Chart for the empire you chose. Write clear and detailed answers in the chart, on your wiki page, then answer the question below the chart. You will also have to indicate on your Scribble Map where the civilization you chose came from.

Characteristics of Civilization

Empire Name: _

Six Characteristics of Civilization

Evidence for Characteristic

Explanation



















Was it difficult to find evidence for the empire you picked? Why or why not?

Assyrians

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/westasia/history/assyrians.htm

http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/egypt/a/assyriaintro.htm

Hittites

http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/MESO/HITTITES.HTM

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/westasia/history/hittites.htm

Chaldeans

http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/middle_east/nebuchadnezzar.html

http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/MESO/CHALDEAN.HTM

Assignment 11

Go to this site and read about the different Mesopotamian gods, goddesses, demons, and monsters. Choose one of these that you would like to be and explain why you would like to be that god, goddess, demon, or monster. Then choose one that you would not want to be and explain why. Make sure your explanations are middle school quality explanations.

Assignment 10

Source: Read pages 74 and 75 in your online textbook
Directions: Read the questions/directions carefully and write clear and detailed answers on your wiki page.

1. Read the "If you were there..." section on page 74. How will you advise the King?
2. What happened to Ur by 2000 BCE?
3. Where was Babylon located?
4. Who became the king of Babylon? When did he become king?
5. What is a monarch?
6. After conquering all of Mesopotamia, what did Hammurabi call his empire?
7. Hammurabi was a great warrior and leader. What other skills did he have?
8. What is Hammurabi's Code? What areas of daily life did the code cover?
9. Give two reasons why Hammurabi's Code was important.
10. What eventually happened to the Babylonian Empire? How is this similar to what happened to the Akkadian Empire?
11. Read the different laws in the Code of Hammurabi on this site and choose three that you think are interesting. Copy the three laws and their numbers onto your page. Then for each law, explain why you think it's interesting. You can write about if you disagree or agree with the law or if you think the law is a good law or a cruel law.

Assignment 9

After playing the Trader's game, answer the following questions in complete sentences on your page. You can copy and paste these questions into your page. Then go to the discussion tabs of at least three other classmates and make good quality middle school comments about your classmates answers to the questions about the Trader's game. You can make comments to your classmates about if you agree or disagree with their point of viewor comments about how good their answers and ideas are.
Trader's Circuit questions
1. What part of the game did you like the best? Why?
2. During the game, how did you feel and why did you feel that way?
3. What part of the game was difficult for you?
4. In your opinion, what advantage is there to having a monopoly of an entire product/resource such as dates or jewelry?
5. What part of the game would you change if you played it again? Why?
6. In this game, was it better to cooperate with another player or to be selfish and try to get all the products/resources for yourself? Why?

Assignment 8

Use your online textbook pages 63 & 64 to answer these questions clearly and with details on your wiki page. Make sure to look through the whole page in your textbook and the links for the vocabulary when answering some of the questions.

  1. Where did the Akkadians live?
  2. What was their relationship with the Sumerians like before the 2300s B.C.E.?
  3. Who was Sargon and what did he do?
  4. What did Sargon establish?
  5. Define 'empire'.
  6. Explain two examples why Sargon is considered a great leader.
  7. How long did Sargon rule his empire?
  8. What eventually happened to the Akkadian Empire?
  9. Who eventually became the most powerful civilization in Mesopotamia again?
  10. Using the picture of the City-State of Ur, what can you see in the picture that shows Ur was an advanced city?

Assignment 7

Using The Six Characteristics of a Civilization (see below), answer the following questions clearly and with details on your wiki page.

1. Is Korea/ the U.S. a civilization according to the six characteristics explained in class? Provide one example from Korea/the U.S. for each characteristic.
2. Does a civilization, in your opinion, need to have all of the characteristics mentioned? Why or why not?

The Six Characteristics of a Civilization:
1. A system of government that directs and controls some actions of the members of the society.
2. A regular food supply that is not likely to suddenly change.
3. Specialization of labor, in which members of the society perform different jobs.
4. Different social levels, in which some members of the society are given higher status than others.
5. A highly developed culture including art, architecture, music, literature, science, and writing.
6. A religious system, which might include priests and temples.

Assignment 6

Please summarize the section you are responsible for. You will present your section with your partner.
Here is the PDF of all the sections:


Assignment 5

Using your sheet and notes from class about Sumerian achievements, which achievements would go under each of these categories?
(For example, devotional statues would be under the religion category.)
  • Government
  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Jobs

Assignment 4

Go to this site (Sumerian Inventions) and look at the Early Inventions section. Choose three Sumerian inventions that you think are important for us today. In your own words, explain clearly and with details why these three Sumerian inventions are important for us today.

Assignment 3

Are you smarter than a Neolithic person?
Answer the following questions and define the vocabulary (if any) clearly and with details on your wiki page.
Use the handouts from class called Event C: Building and Maintaining a Complex Irrigation System & Event D: Attacks by Neighboring Communities to help you answer the questions.

Event C: Building and Maintaining a Complex Irrigation System
1. What was the first simple method farmers used to get water to their fields from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers?
2. How did farmers prevent flooding?
3. Over time, carrying buckets of water to the fields was too difficult. Please clearly explain how levees, canals, dams, and reservoirs were used to make life easier for farmers?
4. Which word means an extra supply of something such as food?
5. What could happen if one canal was clogged?
6. How did different villages take care of the complex irrigation system?

Event D: Attacks by Neighboring Communities
1. How did Mesopotamian villages help each other?
2. How were people, who lived very far apart, connected to each other?
3. What did many villages grow into?
4. What do we call the region in Mesopotamia that had many growing cities and towns? What are the people called that come from this region?
5. How could one city stop the water from reaching another city?
6. Why was it easy to attack other cities on the Mesopotamian plains?
7. What defense plan is best to protect a city?


Assignment 2

Are you smarter than a Neolithic person?
Answer the following questions and define the vocabulary (if any) clearly and with details on your wiki page.
Use the handouts from class called Event B: Uncontrolled Water Supply to help you answer the questions.

Event B: Uncontrolled Water Supply
1. What two major problems did farmers have as they tried to grow their crops on the Mesopotamian river plains?
2. How did they solve these problems?
3. Where did the melted snow that caused flooding come from?

Assignment 1

Are you smarter than a Neolithic person?
Answer the following questions and define the vocabulary (if any) clearly and with details on your wiki page.
Use the handout from class called Event A: Food Shortage to help you answer the questions.
Food Shortage
1. What helped the human population to grow in Mesopotamia?
2. What does cultivate mean?
3. By 5000 B.C.E. what major problem did the farmers in the Zagros hills have?
4. Using the choices in the critical thinking section of your handout, what is the best way to deal with the food shortage? Why?





Assignment 10

Source: Read pages 74 and 75 in your online textbook
Directions: Read the questions/directions carefully and write clear and detailed answers on your wiki page.

1. Read the "If you were there..." section on page 74. How will you advise the King?
2. What happened to Ur by 2000 BCE?
3. Where was Babylon located?
4. Who became the king of Babylon? When did he become king?
5. What is a monarch?
6. After conquering all of Mesopotamia, what did Hammurabi call his empire?
7. Hammurabi was a great warrior and leader. What other skills did he have?
8. What is Hammurabi's Code? What areas of daily life did the code cover?
9. Give two reasons why Hammurabi's Code was important.
10. What eventually happened to the Babylonian Empire? How is this similar to what happened to the Akkadian Empire?
11. Read the different laws in the Code of Hammurabi on this site and choose three that you think are interesting. Copy the three laws and their numbers onto your page. Then for each law, explain why you think it's interesting. You can write about if you disagree or agree with the law or if you think the law is a good law or a cruel law.

Assignment 7

Using The Six Characteristics of a Civilization (see below), answer the following questions clearly and with details on your wiki page.

1. Is Korea/ the U.S. a civilization according to the six characteristics explained in class? Provide one example from Korea/the U.S. for each characteristic.
2. Does a civilization, in your opinion, need to have all of the characteristics mentioned? Why or why not?

The Six Characteristics of a Civilization:
1. A system of government that directs and controls some actions of the members of the society.
2. A regular food supply that is not likely to suddenly change.
3. Specialization of labor, in which members of the society perform different jobs.
4. Different social levels, in which some members of the society are given higher status than others.
5. A highly developed culture including art, architecture, music, literature, science, and writing.
6. A religious system, which might include priests and temples.









Assignment

Use this timeline to help you understand the different empires that existed in Mesopotamia between 3500 B.C.E. and 600 B.C.E. If you hover over each empire, it will give you the exact dates of an empire's existence. Copy this timeline on your timeline sheet (use the second or third timeline on your sheet). Make sure you neatly show the three empires and when they existed.

Assignment

Read the different laws in the Code of Hammurabi on this site and choose three that you think are interesting. Copy the three laws and their numbers onto your page. Then for each law, explain why you think it's interesting. (You can write about if you disagree or agree with the law or if you think the law is a good law or a cruel law.) Then go to at least two other classmates' pages and read their opinions about the laws they chose and make quality comments about their opinions in their discussion pages.

Assignment

Go to this site and read about the different Mesopotamian gods. Choose a god that you would like to be and explain why you would like to be that god. Then choose a god that you would not want to be and explain why. Make sure your explanations are middle school quality explanations.

Assignment

After playing the Trader's Circuit, answer the following questions in complete sentences on your page. You can copy and paste these questions into your page. Then go to the discussion tabs of at least three other classmates and make good quality middle school comments about your classmates answers to the questions about the Trader's Circuit game. You can make comments to your classmates like if you agree or disagree or comments about how good their answers and ideas are.
Trader's Circuit questions
1. What part of the game did you like the best? Why?
2. During the game, how did you feel and why did you feel that way?
3. What part of the game was difficult for you?
4. In your opinion, what advantage is there to having control of an entire product/resource such as dates or jewelry?
5. What part of the game would you change if you played it again? Why?
6. In this game, was it better to cooperate with another player or to be selfish and try to get all the products/resources for yourself? Why?

Assignment

In your own words, explain which Sumerian invention was the most important to human history. Please explain why you think it was important. Your response should be at least three sentences long. Then go to the discussion tab of two other classmates and explain why you think your invention choice was more important.