Unit 2, Ancient Mesopotamia; Lesson 6: Religion and Polytheism

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

NOTE: THIS IS A TWO DAY LESSON.  DAY ONE TSW COMPLETE THROUGH F.1. ; ON DAY TWO OF THE LESSON TSW COMPLETE SECTION F.2.  SECTION F.2. WILL BE COMPLETED ON PAPER COPIES OF THE DOCUMENT AND USED AS NOTES.

I.  Standard(s):  6.10: Explain the concept of polytheism and its presence in Mesopotamia, with respect to beliefs about the relationship of deities to the natural world and their importance in everyday life.

     A.  Clear Target:  I can explain the concept of polytheism and why it was tied to the natural world in Mesopotamia.

     B.  Bell Ringer:

          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: Monarchies; the importance of Sargon and who he was; & the importance of Hammurabi and who he was

          3.  Previous Day’s Lesson’s Closure:  First, the teacher will review the notes from the EDPUZZLE with the students (Daily Life).  Then TSW participate in a teacher led class discussion on the new material presented in section D from the previous day as a CFU on that day’s Clear Target.

               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 a video on Mesopotamian religions by clicking here.

There are questions from the video 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 to answer the questions on the video.  If you need to watch the video again, please do so as many times as you would like.

  1. Then TSW complete the WebQuest  by clicking here.  TSW also open this Google document.  The Google document has directions to guide the students through the WebQuest and has space for the students to answer the questions.  The students do not have to fill out the Google Document online if they have been given a paper copy for their notes.
  2. TSW complete the stimulus preview over religion in Mesopotamia.  TTW pass out the document so that they can complete it.  TSW read the directions on the stimulus preview and follow them in order to complete the assignment.  TSW write their answers in the open space on the stimulus preview.  Here is a link to the document for you to print out in case you need another copy or are absent.  The document must be completed on paper and placed into your Social Studies notebook.  Religion Stimulus Preview.

     G.  Closure: TTW have different students answer the questions from the lesson in the next class day’s Zoom.  The question is:  Why do you think that the Mesopotamian Gods were linked to nature?

    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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