This is a "Somebody Wanted But So" chart focusing on Ancient Mesopotamia. I use this as a culminating activity with my 7th grade World History class. It works very well with partners or small groups. Two heads are better than one and they can bounce ideas off of each other to try to figure it out. This can also be used as a review before an assessment because it touches on many of the main ideas regarding the Mesopotamians. (assuming that your curriculum is similar to mine).
I like this format of SWBS especially in social studies because it is a more advanced type of cause and effect chart. This is a key social studies skill. Especially in the “google” age, it is not enough to just learn “facts”; students have to be able to make connections, understand point of view, analyze conflict and determine the resolution. In this particular unit, I focus a lot on how early civilizations adapted to their environment and how that environment influences their culture.
You can adapt this activity for your own class. I included the answer key and you are more than welcome to add more to the student copy so they do not have to figure out quite so many boxes on their own. If you do more of these SWBS tasks, the students will become better at them and not need so much scaffolding.
As the students get better at it, you could cut out the boxes and have the students sort them and out them into sentences. (You should remove the clue words of “wanted” “but” and “so” if you do that.
Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to hear how it works in your classroom and how you adapt it for your students.