Unit 2, Ancient Mesopotamia; Lesson 7: Writing and Science

Note:  TTW= The Teacher Will; TSW= The Students Will; GCR= Google Classroom 

I.  Standard(s):  6.11: Identify important achievements of the Mesopotamian civilization, including cuneiform, clay tablets. and ziggurats. and identify the “Epic of Gilgamesh” as the oldest written epic.

     A.  Clear Target:  I can identify the important achievements of the ancient Mesopotamian societies and the importance of the “Epic of Gilgamesh.”

     B.  Bell Ringer: Fill out the student Check-In sheet by clicking here.

          1.  TSW be able to answer the question below based on the previous lesson’s clear target in order to provide Closure for the previous day’s lesson:

          2.  Previous Day’s Clear Target: I can explain the concept of polytheism and why it was tied to the natural world in Mesopotamia.

               a.  Review:  After the class has answered the question to the best of their ability, TTW assess if there needs to be a review of the previous day’s lesson.  If a review is needed, TTW have the students get out their notes and will review the material with them.

               b.  If no review is needed TTW have the students get ready for today’s lesson.

     C.  Set: TTW lead a discussion on the clear target and or bell ringer to ensure that the students understand it/them.  TTW lead a discussion on the assignment from the day before to ensure understanding.

     D.  Presentation of New Material:  TSW watch two videos, one over the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the other over Inventions and Technology.  The links to the videos are in the Independent Practice Section below.

There are questions from the video are in the Independent Practice section below.

          1.  Checks For Understanding (CFU):  Answers to the teacher led discussions from above.

          2.  Video in Video N/A

          3.  Simulation:  N/A

     E.  Guided Practice: TTW demonstrate for the students how to: Find and open the document; use the document; turn in the document when completed.  TTW have a student share their screen and demonstrate all of the steps.  TTW assist, and have the class assist the student demonstrator with answering the first question.

    F.  Independent Practice (The assignments are due the next school day):  Click here for the Epic of Gilgamesh Video.  Then click here for the Inventions and Technology Video.

Write in your notebook:  What was the Epic of Gilgamesh, and why is it important to us today?

Write in your notebook:  Thinking in terms of today, and the impact the Mesopotamian inventions have on us today, what was the most important invention/scientific discovery of Mesopotamia and why?

     G.  Closure: TTW have different students answer the questions from the lesson on the next class day.  The question is:  Be prepared to discuss the answers to the questions in the Independent Practice.

     Assessment:  Question and answer/Discussions/The guided practice/Closure discussion/Quiz if used/ Exit Ticket if used

H. Enrichment: TSW listen to a lecture and or discussion led by the teacher if applicable/complete a reading and work on their notebook packet.  The link to the presentations to complete the notebook packets are here: Presentations

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