Lesson Plan


This lesson plan will analyze the social, political, and economic structure of Mesopotamia, investigate the technological advancements and writing systems that developed in the Fertile Crescent, and assess the impact of geography on this early civilization.


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  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


Mesopotamia Fertile Crescent civilization



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Update Standards?

SOC.7-12.WC.1.2.a.a: Social Studies

Examine why early civilizations developed in river environments.

SOC.7-12.WC.1.2.b.b: Social Studies

Evaluate the diffusion of civilizations.

SOC.7-12.WC.1.3.a.a: Social Studies

Analyze the social, political, and economic structure of ancient civilizations.

SOC.7-12.WC.1.3.b.b: Social Studies

Investigate the technological advancements and writing systems that developed in early river valley cultures.

SOC.7-12.WC.1.3.c.c: Social Studies

Identify the factors that led to the rise of cities.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2010-12-31.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a well-organized and student-directed lesson plan for learning about Mesopotamia. After a brief introduction on the subject area, students conduct Internet research with guided questions on topics such as writing and gods and goddesses. The lesson plan could be used as is or easily adapted into a jigsaw (as suggested by one of the comments) or as part of a bigger research project that could include more websites.
Haley Binggeli
August 6, 2010

I think this is a strong lesson. Getting students into the computer lab and investigating the questions on their own would be very motivating and engaging. I wonder if it would be interesting to students to mention the Biblical significance of this content. You mention Adam and Eve, but you could use the Bible (as a historical book, not teaching religion) as an example of early history and record keeping. Also, it may be interesting to break up each section like a Jigsaw activity.

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