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Using Hammurabi's Code to Engage Middle-School Writers

This is a good way to engage students, particularly boys, in conversations that prepare them to write persuasive essays/journal entries. I've found over the years that even the most apathetic boys love to discuss justice, law, and punishment. This collection will give you a good mix of lesson plans and ideas for using Hammurabi's Code in your Social Studies or Language Arts class.
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Using Hammurabi's Code to Engage Middle-School Writers
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    loc.gov

    Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core State Standards

    10 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    This article in The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal explains how primary sources, such as Hammurabi's Code, help students meet the Common Core State Standards. For instance, in middle school, students are required to "cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources." When students write opinions about the Code using textual support, they meet this standard.
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    library.mtsu.edu

    Key Things to Consider When Selecting Primary Sources for the Classroom

    5 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    This PDF document from Middle Tennessee State University lists seven factors teachers should consider when choosing primary sources (such as Hammurabi's Code) for student work: Relevance, Diversity, Accessibility, Appropriateness, Analysis, Context, and Practical Considerations.
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    quatr.us

    Make a Clay Seal

    2 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    This is a simple ancient Mesopotamian-style project for your middle schoolers. They can even use Play-Doh!
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This Pin contains several art projects related to ancient Mesopotamia, including a cuneiform cylinder seal and glue painted plaques.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Your students will love this assignment. They write their own law code, declaring five laws and the penalties for breaking those laws.
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    ehow.com

    Activities on the Hammurabi Code

    4 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    The personal reaction essays and Hammurabi poster would work well for middle or high schoolers. The personal reaction essay compares Hammurabi's Code to the U.S. Constitution. For students with special needs or younger middle schoolers, you could simplify the assignment by limiting the topic to the Code itself and why societies need laws.
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    classzone.com
    classzone.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    This WebQuest would work well for high school students. It includes background information, links to sources, audio, and maps. The research assignment requires students to consider the role of class and gender in Hammurabi's Code, and includes a rubric for evaluation.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This is a free, multi-day lesson plan that culminates in students writing a "Letter to the Editor of the Babylonian Star" newspaper, stating their opinion of one of his laws and their reasons for the opinion.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This is a paid resource from Teachers Pay Teachers. Please know that I have no connection to the author, or to any author on the site. I think the activity would be perfect for middle and high schoolers. Students use Hammurabi's Code to find verdicts in six fictitious cases, and must explain their verdicts. This activity received very high ratings and reviews, and is indexed as the top seller under the key phrase "Hammurabi's Code."
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Your students can read along with this simple, straightforward summary of who Hammurabi was and why he was so important. It's a good overview of Hammurabi's Code.