Week 9: 10/11 - 10/15 Social Studies Agenda Compelling Question:How did small farming communities grow to become the complex urban societies of Mesopotamia Periods 3 & 6
Week of 10/11 - 10/15
civilization n.A society that has developed an advanced culture.(p. 2) The Greek civilization created beautiful sculptures. empire n. A group of separate nations that are controlled by one powerful leader. (p. 2) The leader worked until she united the kingdoms into a single empire.
city-state n.An independently ruled state and its surrounding areas.(p. 2) The king traded goods with the nearest city-state.
plateau n.A high area of wide, flat land.(pp. 2–3, online) The explorers climbed from the valley to the high plateau.
alluvial plain n.The soils and sand left behind by a flood.(pp. 2–3, online) The broad alluvial plain fanned out from the river to the mountains.
silt n.The sand, soil, and mud that is carried along by river waters.(pp. 2–3, online) The edge of the river filled up with silt.
tributary n.A smaller stream that feeds into a river or other body of water. (p. 3) The tributary added its waters to the flooding river.
Code of Hammurabi n. The collected laws of Babylonia that promoted justice. (p. 4) The enslaved people referred to the Code of Hammurabi in their search for justice.
monarchy n.A type of government that has a monarch, such as a king or queen.(pp. 4–5, online) The old queen was the most beloved figure of the monarchy.
cuneiform n.A type of writing using wedge-shaped marks.(p. 7) The trade was counted and written down in cuneiform.
scribe n.A person who wrote or made copies of manuscripts.(p. 7) The court called on the scribe to provide a copy.
deity n.A god or a goddess.(p. 8) People in many cultures pray to a deity.
ziggurat n. A temple in the form of a tower. (p. 8) The ancient ziggurat looked something like a pyramid.
patriarchy adj.A government or social group that is controlled and dominated by men.(pp. 8–9, online) The patriarchy lasted for 50 years, until the society gained equality for all people.
polytheism n.A religious belief in more than one god.(pp. 8–9, online) The many clay sculptures indicated that the people practiced polytheism.
On Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday, students will log into HMH, read "Gods and Demons" and "Hanging Gardens of Babylonia." After reading, students will be able to:
Explain how spiritual beliefs were an important part of Mesopotamian societies.
Describe some of the religious practices of Sumer and Babylonia.
Explain the roles of gods, goddesses, demons, and spirits in Mesopotamia.
Explain concepts using domain- specific and academic vocabulary words.
Describe inventions and innovations begun by the Mesopotamians.
Learn how Mesopotamians observed and described the natural world.
Analyze how Mesopotamians used natural resources to make medicines, soaps, dyes, glass, and metals.
Discuss inventions using words that show cause and effect, such as because.
Illustrate their knowledge of Mesopotamian culture, customs, and important figures by creating a one-pager about Mesopotamia.
Students will relate information they have read into knowledge by completing an end of Magazine test on Mesopotamia on Thursday/Friday.