Before they learn about Hammurabi's Code, students complete this activity in which they pretend to be an ancient king or queen tasked with creating punishments for a given set of crimes.
I recommend setting up the assignment by reminding students that they are not themselves, but rather ancient rulers and emphasizing what that means for the assignment.
The following day I have students work in small groups to analyze the Hamurabbi's Code excerpt by popcorn reading, highlighting key points, and taking notes in the margins.
Students can then write a reflection comparing and contrasting their codes with Hammurabi's.
This is an excellent pre-seminar activity, using the excerpt as the text.
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