Mesopotamia is known as the cradle of civilization. The wheel, writing, and advanced irrigation works all originated here. This region was host to many great civilizations but the first was Sumer. This presentation looks at the advantages and challenges of the region along with the achievements of the first great civilization of the Sumerians.
Topics covered in this presentation include:
♦ Geography of Mesopotamia
♦ The Great Civilizations of Mesopotamia
♦ Rise of Sumerian Civilization
♦ Challenges and Solutions of Geography
♦ Growth of Trade
♦ City Planning
♦ The Invention of Writing
♦ The Invention of the Wheel
♦ Warfare in Sumer
♦ The Standard of Ur
This class takes approximately 60-minutes. There are three links to Youtube in the presentation. The videos total ~16 minutes. Youtube links are checked weekly and updated when necessary.
There are handouts for note taking along with reflection questions included with this presentation.
Check out the entire Mesopotamia series:
Lesson 1: Mesopotamia: Sumer Cradle of Civilization
Lesson 2: Mesopotamia: Sargon of Akkad
Lesson 3: Mesopotamia: Babylon City of Wonders
Lesson 4: Mesopotamia: Assyria Iron Age Empire