Get your students excited about law and justice in Babylonian times. This document "On Trial with Hammurabi" offers the following activities to help teach the infamous law code of Ancient Mesopotamia:
1. Who Was Hammurabi? - The students will read a brief biography on Hammurabi and his laws.
2. Who Was Hammurabi? Quiz - After reading the biography, assess your students understanding of Hammurabi with this brief quiz.
3. Hammurabi Time Line - Incorporate the teaching of timeline into this unit. Students will be asked to order events in Hammurabi's time chronologically.
4. Hammurabi's Code of Laws Translated - Students will see a sampling of the laws in modern day language.
5. What's My Punishment? - Students will be given examples of modern law breaking and explain how they think Hammurabi would punish them, citing evidence from the laws.
6. "Discovering the Stele" - An original Reader's Theatre written by Middle School Maverick teaching students about the stele of Hammurabi.
7. Analysis Questions for "Discovering the Stele" - After completing the Reader's Theatre, students will have an opportunity to critically think with text dependent questions.
8.Cross Curricular Connection: Hammurabi's Code Argumentative Essay - Students will have an opportunity to bring in their English Language Arts skills when they write an argumentative essay as to whether Hammurabi's Law Code helped form today's modern justice system. Students will cite the laws as a primary source. A standards-aligned rubric is attached.
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