Women's History: Mesopotamia's Enheduanna, First Known Poet in History(Reading)

Gail Hennessey
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5th - 9th, Homeschool
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  1. Mesopotamia, means “Land between Two Rivers”.This area is called the cradle of civilization and is where archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest historic people(dating back around 3000BC)People called the Sumerians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Akkadians and Assyrians, all called the region o
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  2. Each Reading passage(done in the first person) also includes a Did You Know? fun fact section, map skill activity, comprehension questions and extension activities.Women Includes:Mary Anning (Fossil Hunter)Caroline Herschel (Astronomer)Sophie Brahe:(Astronomer and Horticulturist)Joan of Arc(Military
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  3. This resource includes seven famous writers in history.Includes:William Shakespeare: A Reader’s Theater ScriptCharles Dickens: A Reader’s Theater ScriptHans Christian Andersen: A Reader’s Theater ScriptEdgar Allan Poe: A Reader’s Theater ScriptLouisa May Alcott: A Reader’s Theater ScriptSojourner Tr
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Studying ancient Mesopotamia? Looking to share with students contributions women have made in history. Enheduanna is the FIRST known poet, some say of men and women! Enheduanna's name is also thought to be the oldest name! Ehneduanna's poetry was done in the FIRST person, something not done prior to her poetry. She also did something different, she SIGNED her work! Some nickname her "The Shakespeare of Sumerian literature" ! The reading passage also includes a Did You Know? fun fact section, a map activity, comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities, vocabulary words, links and keys.

Reading Passages:

George Washington and the Camel

Calvin Coolidge and the “Pennsylvania Avenue Zoo”

John Quincy Adams Takes a Swim

Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Cheese

Sojourner Truth

Santa Fe Trail: Wind WagonThomas

Revolutionary War Heroine: Catherine “Kate” Moore

Barry(Battle of Cowpens)

Enheduanna, First Known Poet in History

Artemisia(Female Naval Commander during the Battle of Salamis)

Hanno: Phoenician Explorer

Ramses the Great



Alexander the Great




Hypatia: First Woman Mathematician

Aglaonike(Greek astronomer)

Agnodice(First Female Doctor of Ancient Greece)

Julius Caesar




Joan of Arc

Phillis Wheatley

Mary Anning

Caroline Herschel

Sophie Brahe: Astronomer and Horticulturist

Hildegard of Bingen(Middle Ages)

Aida de Acosta(First Woman to Fly a Powered Aircraft)

Women’s Suffrage: The Silent Sentinels

Sir Edmund Hillary

History of Pretzels

History of Marshmallows

History of Tulips

Snowmen in History

History of April Fools’ Day

Great Wall of China

Eiffel Tower

Ayres Rock(Uluru)

Taj Mahal

Travel to Iceland

Travel to Greece

Travel to Japan

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