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Ancient Mesopotamia Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations
This resource is designed for an Ancient Mesopotamia unit. It contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!
Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!
COMMON CORE ALIGNED!
Topics covered in this resource include:
1.) Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent
-location between the two rivers
-nomadic versus sedentary lifestyle
-what was needed for survival
-the fertile crescent today (no longer fertile)
Keywords: nomad, fertile crescent, hunter-gatherer
2.) Sumerian Life
-supplies, economy, and inventions
-building of the Ziggurats
-hierarchy and society
Keywords: ziggurat, empire, city-states, polytheistic
3.) The Code of Hammurabi
-overall description of his codes (strict, severe, cruel and unjust)
-description of how they affected society
Keywords: Theocracy, stele
-when and how it was first used
-tools and materials needed for writing
-how it changed society
Keywords: cuneiform, tablet, reed, stylus
5.) The Epic of Gilgamesh
-earliest form of literature
- description of independent stories that make a combined epic
-overview of the stories
-who is Gilgamesh? Was he a living person or a fictional character? (According to scholars, he probably was real. The legends that are in the Epic of Gilgamesh are greatly exaggerated and fictional, but a man named Gilgamesh may have existed.)
Keywords: immortality, epic, heroic
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