-- Describe how writing developed
-- (Some classes) Explain the requirements of the common assessment
-- Review notes on Hammurabi
-- Read p. 101-103, and p. R37. View graphics on p. 107 and p. 97
-- Fill in notes on writing
-- (Some classes) Review Mesopotamian Museum project
-- (Some classes) Watch "We're the Mesopotamians" and look for references to what we've learned about Mesopotamia
-- (Some classes) Watch "lego" video on Inventions and Discoveries in Ancient Mesopotamia, again, listening for references to the development of civilization in general and Sumer in Mesopotamia specifically
-- None, but make sure all missing work is turned in and all quiz corrections made and turned in by Wednesday, December 16.
Notes/Handouts/Material covered in class:
Writing p. 101-102
From representing objects to representing ideas to representing sounds
The pictures later became symbols (still used today).
Cuneiform: wedge-shaped writing
Stylus: sharpened reed to press markings into clay tablets
Scribe: someone who specializes in writing
Examples of what writing was used for: (pick any 4) business (contracts, inventory, receipts), historical records (e.g., wars, flood, kings), IOUs, lists, wills, adoptions, court decisions, land measurements, letters, dictionaries, epics/myths, songs/hymns, school lessons ( “Epic of Gilgamesh”: 1st example of “great” creative literature)
The difference between prehistory and history: WRITING !!!!!!
Writing makes it easier to pass down knowledge from generation to generation .
Ms. Schaedler is starting her 29th year of teaching middle school. (She loves it!) Most of her work has been in Social Studies, but she has also designed and implemented a program teaching "lifelong learning skills" to middle school students to enhance their success.