In this day and age with controversy over laws, the 2nd Amendment, people’s rights and so much more, this project based history/literacy activity came about for grades 6-8.
Your class will be asked to travel back to the time when Hammurabi was the ruler of the Sumerian civilization. He came up with one of the first law codes to improve the well-being of mankind. Many of which were quite harsh compared to the laws of today. A debate will be held to decide whether or not Hammurabi’s laws were too severe.
Finally, the class will write an essay expressing their opinion about Hammurabi's Laws.
1. Students will understand Hammurabi’s Law Code
2. Students will gain abstract thinking skills.
3. Students will use analytical thinking skills.
4. Students will improve public speaking skills.
5. Students will understand terms:argument, counter-claim, pro, con.
6. Students will cooperate in a collaborative group setting
7. Students will understand point of view.
8. Students will be able to write an argumentative essay.
9. Students will learn proper etiquette.
Introduction & Objectives
General Lesson Plans
Copy of Debate Procedures, Times,
Expectations for Teacher & Students
Student Expectations Poster
Inscription On Hammurabi’s Stele Poster
Hammurabi’s Code of Law Handouts
Group Notes for Debate Preparation
Individual Notes During the Debate
Note Page for Rebuttal
Argumentative Writing Graphic Organizers
Rough Draft Worksheets
Final Draft Sheets
If you're looking for more project based history/literacy activities, please click on these links.
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Project Based History/Literacy:Sumerian Brick Builders No Prep Grades 5-8
Project Based History/Literacy: Greek Theater Unit (Complete Lesson Plan)( 6-8)
Greek Theater Unit: Power Point Presentation
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