Mrs. Hall, Ms. Jaya and Mr. Martin welcome Yoo Hyung to AISC. We are also sad to say goodbye to Emilie, So Hyun, and Ji Soo, who are leaving AISC this month. We wish you all the best of luck! Keep in touch with your friends here. Two more days until our three week winter vacation! It’s hard to believe our first semester is nearly finished and that we are done with half of the year. Post a comment and welcome Yoo Hyung, or say goodbye to a friend. Also, tell us what you plan to do during the vacation, whether you are staying in Chennai, traveling in India, or another country.
Here are two videos: 1) the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and 2) the Ishtar Gate (2). I hope you find them interesting and helpful. They are meant to support what you have read in chapter 4, lesson 2. Post a comment about one or two interesting facts you learned from one of the videos.
These terms might be a review for some of you, but the links and videos are helpful. We will continue to focus on map skills throughout the year. The place where a river enters a lake, larger river, or the ocean is called its mouth. River mouths are places of much activity. The scale on a map can be used to figure out the distance between two locations on a map. Map terms can be found on page 16 in your textbook.
We will wrap up the unit on Mesopotamia this week and discuss the Assyrians. Next week on Wednesday (12/11), you will have your final unit test for Mesopotamia. A study guide is in the Mesopotamia unit folder on Moodle. Take a look at this website to learn more about warfare in Mesopotamia. Read the story about the Siege of Lachish and then look at the “Explore” and “Challenge” links, which are very interesting. If you are looking for more sites related to Mesopotamia, check out these links:
Dig into History: Mesopotamia - interactive website with fun activities
In class this week, we are learning about the Epic of Gilgamesh, the great surviving work of Mesopotamian literature. Gilgamesh is a demigod of superhuman strength who built the city walls of Uruk to defend his people from external threats. He is usually described as two-thirds god and one-third man. The animated video below is a nice introduction and overview to Gilgamesh. Enjoy!
Epic (noun) – a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation. Synonyms: story, saga, legend, romance, chronicle, myth, fable, tale, heroic poem.
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Before Mesopotamian civilization, the world was without laws. Hammurabi, a Mesopotamian King, came along and wrote down a set of laws. It was this set of the laws that began to introduce some order and justice in the world. A group of people without a written set of laws is no civilization at all, therefore, Hammurabi’s Code was a major step towards establishing Mesopotamia as a real civilization. We have been discussing some of the laws in class. We have discussed the basic principle: “an eye for an eye; tooth for a tooth.” We have also seen the level of harshness some of these laws carry for being broken. Some would say the consequences are very cruel. Here are a few of the 282 laws:
If a builder has built a house for a man, with the result that the house falls down and kills the owner, the builder shall be put to death.
If a son has struck his father, they shall cut off his hand.
If a man has accused another man and has brought a charge of murder against him but has not proved it, the accuser shall be put to death.
If any one steals the property of a temple or of the court, he shall be put to death, and also the one who receives the stolen thing from him shall be put to death.
If any one opens his ditches to water his crop, but is careless, and the water floods the field of his neighbor, then he shall pay his neighbors corn for his loss.
Answer and share your opinion on one or more of these questions:
Why did Hammurabi make a set of laws?
Why did Hammurabi make the consequences so severe?
What would the world be like today if everybody still followed Hammurabi’s Code? What countries today have the strictest laws (find the answer and a link).
What laws affect you the most in your life? What would you change about today’s laws and rules? (This could be not necessarily laws, but school rules, rules your parents have for you, etc…)
Mr. Martin’s new Code of Law (created by the Shooting Stars and Ancient Geeks)
Several students do not seem to know (or have forgotten) how to create a hyperlink when you want to add a project or link of a Google Document or Presentation to your e-portfolio on Blogger. This video is a short tutorial and a review. I have also included a short video on how to create a label gadget on your blog. This link is also a guide and can answer many questions.
In Chapter 4, lesson 1 we will learn about early empires in Mesopotamia and the Code of Hammurabi. It is a great example of a primary source and is one of the oldest deciphered writings in the world and can now we found in the Louvre in Paris, France.
Document-Based Question: What do you think these laws tell you about justice at this time? Look at examples of some of the laws on page 115 of your textbook, or click the link above.
Students have been sending us examples of their Blabberize videos and sharing a book they have read. Many are very good, and we will share some on our class blog. We encourage you to make your own ‘Blabber’ for a book you are reading. We will give you extra credit, if you do one; this is an optional assignment. The due date has been extended, and we will accept them until Monday, December 2nd. The instructions and links on how to make one are in a separate blog post that has already been shared with you (scroll down and you will see it). Here are some excellent ones:
The temple of Angkor Wat, the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and the famous statues on Easter Island were all built without the conveniences of modern technology. Ancient peoples didn’t have access to forklifts, hydraulic cranes, or flatbed trucks. So how did they build the temples and statues that we admire today? This question is one of the first I have when I visit an amazing ancient ruin like the ones mentioned here. Read this new National Geographic article I just saw on Facebook to learn how some of these places might have been built. How were they built?
One of the favorite activities for Mesopotamian school students was copying proverbs, or wise sayings (see page 102 in your textbook). Scribes collected and organized hundreds of these popular sayings on tablets. Many are still popular today. Here are a few:
1. Into an open mouth, a fly enters.
2. Friendship lasts a day, kinship lasts forever.
3. Wealth is hard to come by, but poverty lasts forever.
4. If you take the field of an enemy, the enemy will come and take your field.
5. He who leaves the fight unfinished is not at peace.
6. Tell a lie; then if you tell the truth, it will be deemed a lie.
7. Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear and man from all sides.
8. The traveler from distant places is an everlasting liar.
9. The rich would have to eat money, if the poor did not provide food.
10. Tell me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.
In the comment section, write down the number of the proverb (#1-10) and tell me what you think it means. Proverbs are very famous and come from all over the world, and many are similar in meaning. Good luck!
Theo Van Den Hout, a professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages, tells us about scribes in Mesopotamia and Anatolia. This short video was made for the Oriental Institute Museum special exhibit “Visible Language: Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East.” In Chapter 3, you will learn about scribes, the people who specialized in writing, the stylus, which is the instrument they used to write on clay tablets, and cuneiform, the wedge-shaped writing. Tell me what you think about it in the comment section. Read more about the development of writing and pictograms on the British Museum’s website on Mesopotamia.
Some students have created nice Google presentations of displaying the traits of a civilization. Two nice examples from Mr. Martin and Ms. Jaya’s class are Vinay’s, Mara’s and Jina’s presentations. A nice example from Mrs. Hall’s and Ms. Jaya’s class is Arya’s presentation. Here is another example from a good website for ancient history.
Check out this really cool map from National Geographic entitled Rising Seas – If all the Ice Melted. The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas. Click on the maps from different regions of the world to see what it might look like in 5,000 years. Hmmm….where is Chennai?
In Chapter 3, lessons 1 and 2 we have learned about the geography of Mesopotamia, the traits of a civilization and Sumer, the first civilization in Mesopotamia. The British Museum has an excellent website with some good links where you can learn more about these things. Check out the links below:
Ziggurats - click the story, explore, and challenge links for for online games or activities.
Geography - click the story, explore, and challenge links.
Welcome back from your fall vacation! It sounds like many of you took some nice trips or enjoyed your time in Chennai. November birthdays: Chanyu (11/3), Domenic (11/5), Hayato and Vanessa (11/6), Jeong Hee (11/8), Ramu (11/18), Yoojin (11/22), Harin and Emma (11/26). If we forgot someone, let us know. Happy birthday, and have a great day. Md. Irman, who has studied at AISC for three years, is leaving Chennai. His last day is Friday. Make sure you say goodbye. Post a birthday wish, a goodbye to Irman, or tell us more about your vacation in the comment section, if you wish. Have a great week!
Today we started writing our scripts for our Blabberize activity. You are creating a first-person account on a book you are reading or one you recently read, from the point of view of a main character or the author. Today we had a bit of a rough day with technology and slow wifi…actually, it has been a rough week. Anyway, tomorrow is a new day. and we hope for better success. In the mean time, play around with Blabberize at home, if you would like. Here are some links for directions that are easy to follows. You can use one or more of them. They are more or less the same. If you cannot find an answer in one, you can probably find it in another link below. I recorded the audo through my computer the first time and the second time I tried it, I used an I-Pad app called ‘My Memo.’ You can use anything you want to record the audio, including your phone. Do not embed your blabberize video on your blog, until your teahcer has seen it. You can email your teacher the URL when you are done.
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