Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hammurabi's Code and My Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Students had an interesting experience this week learning about the Babylonian king, Hammurabi and his code of laws. Hammurabi’s Code is considered history’s first real document of law. Students read an article and answered questions about the discovery of Hammurabi’s stele. (A stele is a slab of stone with information commemorating some important event.)  The article was challenging for some students, but good for reading/writing skill development.
In a related activity students (in groups) were faced with different legal situations and had to put themselves in Hammurabi’s shoes. They had to decide what kind of justice they would administer if they lived during Hammurabi’s time. They were actually quite creative in their decisions and discovered that some of the laws for Hammurabi’s time were really quite progressive.
This week we will continue our study of Mesopotamia, but I’m sure most students’ thoughts will be more on the upcoming holiday. So with Thanksgiving in mind I would like to say I am thankful for the opportunity to teach your children. They are a great group of kids and seem to enjoy learning about a bunch of “dead people.” May you be blessed with a restful, and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
The following pictures are of students deciding what kind of justice to administer based on Hammurabi’s Code.

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