September 16

posted Sep 16, 2011, 5:50 AM by Peter Knowles
Civics Standard
1.2 Understand the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.

Day # 12Date:  September 16, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
How did Hammurabi make important changes to the history of law?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveUnderstand that the actions of Hammurabi changed the lives of those who lived under his rule, and that those actions had impacts on many cultures that followed.
Language Objective   Students will identify and discuss differences between facts and opinions; Students will write a summary of what they have learned about Hammurabi.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

InstructionsAs we get started today, you may want to get ready for next week's activities by downloading two apps from the Chrome Store. Click on the + sign next to an open tab, and then select the Chrome Store icon. In the search bar, type in "Mind42". Click on the icon that appears, and add the utility to Chrome. Repeat the process for an app called "Ancient History Encyclopedia". We'll use both of these apps starting next week, so you might as well download them today.

In this activity, you'll be using multiple different sources to learn about a leader named Hammurabi and what he did to change the history of law, leadership, and government.
  1. Begin by opening a new Google Document, and download a template from the White Salmon Templates called "Hammurabi Notes"
  2. Work with a partner and the textbook to learn a little bit about Hammurabi. Collect notes from the text in your Google Document. Try to distinguish what you write down as either a fact or an opinion, and write them in the appropriate column. Keep in mind that, depending on the source, you may have mostly one or the other.  
  3. When finished with the text, use one of the next three sources (save the primary source for later) to learn more about Hammurabi and his law code. Record information that you think might help you later. Again, try to distinguish between facts and opinions.
  4. If you finish with one of the online sources, move on to another. Again, focus on fact and opinions. Where do the notes you take fit?

REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative AssessmentComplete a summary note exit slip to show what you have learned as well as what opinions you have formed about this person.HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the question that focuses on the actions of leaders. How do their decisions affect those who follow them? Start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them later.WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionMore links about Hammurabi are available online. Try a Google Search for "hammurabi biography" and follow any of the links for more information. Add any notes you take to your Google Doc you started today, but make sure you note that they are from EXTRA sources. WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT