As with most units on civilizations, I introduce this with the geography of the the area and its impact on the history. While the flowchart and reading give an outline of Mesopotamia's history, the Powerpoint is full of picture essays on various aspects of daily life: trade, parties, warfare, and laws. Included among the notes are a selection of laws from Hammurabi's famous law code and a variety of Mesopotamian myths and what they tell us about their culture.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
NOTE: I’m in the process of converting all the Powerpoints to a new color scheme over the next year. If I haven’t converted this Powerpoint to the new color scheme, I’ve included the whole flowchart in the newer color scheme on the second slide, so you can convert the other slides. Also, if you buy the old version now, you can e-mail.me so I can give you the updated version when it’s ready, free of charge.
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