Lesson Plan 9/29/2014-10/03/2014

Monday 9/29/14

Essential Question: How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia?

Warm-Up: Channel One News Type 1 writing: Select 1 topic and write 3 details about it.

Key Content Terms: Mesopotamia, Euphrates River, Irrigation, Silt, Tigris River, Sumer, Levee, city-state

Activity:

  1. Preview Chapter 4 Type 1 Writing: Think of a recent problem you have faced and what you did to solve it.
  2. Define Key Content Terms in SS notebook.
  3. Read  History Alive! The Ancient World Chapter 4 Sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 pages 32- 35.

– Section 4.2 Type 2 writing: List five words that characterize the geography of Mesopotamia. Explain which characteristic would pose the biggest challenge and why.

– Section 4.3  Type 2 Writing: Answer these questions using complete sentences:

  1. What were some advantages of living in the foothills of the Zagros Mountain?
  2. Describe the problem that occurred around 5000 B.C.E.
  3. How did farmers living in the foothills solve the food shortage?
  4. Who were the Sumerians?

Assessments:

  1. Key Content Terms
  2. Section 4.2 Type 2 Writing
  3. Section 4.3 Type 2 Writing                   

Tuesday 9/30/14

Essential Question: How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia?

Warm-Up:Channel One News Type 1 writing: Select 1 topic and write 3 details about it.

Key Content Terms: Mesopotamia, Euphrates River, Irrigation, Silt, Tigris River, Sumer, Levee, city-state

 Activity:

  1. Review Key Content Terms.
  2. Read History Alive! The Ancient World Chapter 4 Sections 4.4, 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7 pages 36-39.

– Section 4.4 Type 2 Writing: Answer these questions using complete sentences:

  1. Why was it difficult to raise crops in Sumer?
  2. Describe the problem caused by an uncontrolled water supply.
  3. How did the Sumerians solve the problem of an uncontrolled water supply?
  4. Describe how Sumerian irrigation systems were built.
  5. In what other ways did the Sumerians control the water supply?

– Section 4.5  Type 2 Writing: Answer these questions using complete sentences:

  1. What new problems occurred after Sumerian farmers created irrigation systems?
  2. What could happen to an irrigation system that was not maintained?
  3. Why could Sumerian farmers no longer live apart, or in small groups?
  4. How did Sumerians keep their complex irrigation systems working?
  5. What was the long-term result of the Sumerians working together?

– Section 4.6 Type 2 Writing: Answer these questions using complete sentences:

  1. Why did Sumerian cities fight with each other?
  2. How did the physical geography of Sumer leave its cities unprotected?
  3. What did the Sumerians do to protect their cities?
  4. Why do historians call the cities of Sumer “city-states”?

Assessment:

  1. Class discuss on Key Content Terms
  2. Type 2 Writing: Section 4.4, 4.5, 4.6.

Homework: The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution

 

Wednesday 10/1/14

Essential Question: Why is an archaeologist’s job important?

Warm-Up: Channel One News Type 1 writing: Select 1 topic and write 3 details about it.

Key Content Terms: Mesopotamia, Euphrates River, Irrigation, Silt, Tigris River, Sumer, Levee, city-state

Activity:

  1. Read about British archaeologist Leonard Woolley in History Alive! The Ancient World p. 40-43. Type 2 Writing: Answer these questions using complete sentences:
  2. How was early 1900s archaeologist approach to research different from Leonard Woolley’s approach to research?
  3. How did Woolley and his team begin excavating the city of Ur? Why?
  4. What are some discoveries Woolley and his team made?
  5. What was Woolley’s Most Famous Discovery?
  6. Why were there many other bodies in the tombs?
  7. What happened after the expedition?
  8. What was Woolley’s major contributions toward us understanding Sumerian Life?
  9. What are the three stages archaeologists work through?
  10. Analyzing Artifacts Activity
  11. Personal Artifacts Type 1 Writing: List five personal artifacts that you own. Then write a paragraph describing one conclusion a future archaeologist might make about you. Details about the personal artifacts should strongly support the conclusion.

Assessment:

  1. Type 2 Questions
  2. Analyzing Artifacts Activity
  3. Type 1 Paragraph.

 

Thursday 10/2/14

Essential Question: How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia?

Warm-Up:Channel One News News Type 1 writing: Select 1 topic and write 3 details about it.

Key Content Terms: Cuneiform, Papyrus

Activity:

  1. Mesopotamia Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle
  2. Mesopotamia Videos and Type 1 Notes
  3. Write a letter to your family answering How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia? Answer the question using 4-5 sentences and then rewrite your letter in cuneiform.

Assessment:

  1. How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia? Letter.

Homework: Mesopotamia 101

 

Friday 10/3/14

Essential Question:How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia?

Warm-Up: Channel One News Type 1 writing: Select 1 topic and write 3 details about it.

Assessment: Chapter 4 Assessment.

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