Due Thursday: Create a title page for a packet about Mesopotamia
Task 1: Title Page for Mesopotamia packet report you are creating.
The Class (6th Grade Social Studies)
Do your best to decorate the cover page with images that remind you of Mesopotamia. You can print out images from Internet, but remember you are going to have your map on title page too.
Find a map of ancient Mesopotamia and one that is current.
Do your best to redraw this map (do not print out a map from the internet). Redraw the outlines of the current nations that occupy the area and label them. Label the major rivers, lakes, mountains, and other major geographical places, including oceans and seas. Label the capital cities of the nations with a star next to them.
Using a colored pencil, outline and fill in the area that used to be ancient Mesopotamia over the modern day map. Label the civilizations that were there. Label the major cities of these civilizations with a dot next to them.
Color in the oceans and other water sources with blue. Make the land area green.
Due Thursday: Task 2 – It Happened First in Mesopotamia
Go to It Happened First in Ancient Mesopotamia http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/world/newsid_2955000/2955531.stm
In this article are a number of “firsts” that Mesopotamians achieved. Write these down. Select two of these and design a visual that depicts each of the achievements. The visual maybe drawn or you may bring in a model. On the title page describe how each could have been used during this time. Your visual should have labels, be colorful, and be accurate.
Task 3- Cuneiform
Read the story about the development of writing from the British Museum.
Please put this heading “Cuneiform” at the top of your page.
1. What time period did people start to record the amounts of different crops?
2. Draw the symbol for barley.
3. What was usually next to the barley sign?
4. What is the Sumerian word for fig cakes?
5. Beside business and trade, what was cuneiform used for?
6. Cuneiform script was used to write what other languages?
7. Write your name in cuneiform (use the sumerian alphabet)
DUE FRIDAY: Current Event -Newspaper/Magazine article about a current event in the world. Cut out or print the article and write a 1/2 page review and include What the article is about, Where the article takes place and why did you chose the article.
Task 4 – Gods and Demons
Go to http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/gods/explore/exp_set.html
Read Gods and Demons of Ancient Mesopotamia
Create a page titled “God and Demons of Ancient Mesopotamia” and list the following gods and goddesses names: Enki, Gula, Isthar, Ninurta, and Anu. Explain who they were and what their power was. Add this to your packet of information with the cover page.