Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Code of Hammurabi

Here is the link to the website with the complete text of the Code of Hammurabi.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: If you would like to earn some extra credit (maximum 10 points), then please copy 5 of the laws as written, translate them (tell what they mean in easy to understand language), and give a modern equivalent (if there is one, if not, please mention that). You could use federal, state, or local laws for the modern equivalent - please be sure to tell me which one it is.

Good luck!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mesopotamia...No such place!

Mesopotamia, aka the Fertile Crescent, was actually a bunch of city-states and then empires which all existed around the 2 rivers - Tigris and Euphrates (you-fray-teas). It is an area that has seen continual strife for thousands of years, but it is also the "cradle" of civilization, because so many things were invented/first used there.
I've put some links on the Online Resources list if you'd like to do some peeking around!
Our test is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Tues. Oct. 5.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Early Man and Culture

We are halfway through our Early Man and Culture unit. This unit is about man's beginnings and how cultures developed through the environments that humans found themselves in. We have covered the ideas that geography affects the environment and the differences between history and archaeology. Next week we will tackle the beginnings of mankind and the revolutions of tools and farming. Our test is tentatively scheduled for Monday, 9/20, but may be pushed back a day due to this week's busy school schedule. Don't forget that the paleontologist from the Dinosaur museum will be coming on Monday to speak during 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period.
Sometime next week, we will begin our unit on Mesopotamia...after that, Egypt!