This lesson includes excerpts from the following:
Code of Hammurabi
Ten Commandments (Exodus)
Epic of Gilgamesh
Each excerpt includes 2-3 tasks for students as they read to identify specific elements in the documents. Teachers can use these tasks to ask questions and aid whole group discussion.
Graphic Organizer: The front page is a graphic organizer for students to organize information about the documents. Four comparison questions then help students process what they have learned about the River Valley period from the sources.
Tip: If your students struggle with primary sources, read them out loud! My struggling readers are much more likely to follow along and complete the tasks when read to.