The Root of Religion
|The Root of Religion||2008-09-03|
|2 days||Level 2|
- Discuss how the story of the Garden of Eden may be a metaphor for early civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia.
- Research and present facts about the Sumerians, one of the world’s first civilizations.
- Support or reject the statement that the Sumerians were the “first great civilization in the world.”
|This lesson plan addresses the following national standards:
- Understands the major characteristics of civilization and the development of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley.
- Understands the physical and human characteristics of place
- Time, Continuity, and Change
- People, Places, and Environments
Definition:The stage of cultural development marked by urbanization, advanced techniques of agriculture and technology, material, scientific, and artistic progress, expanded population, and complex social organization.
Context:In the archaeological record, the first signs of human civilization appear in Mesopotamia.
Context:The historian believed that the Genesis story held clues to show that the Garden of Eden was a real physical place on Earth.
Definition:Ancient region located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern Iraq and Syria
Context:Human civilization first took root in Mesopotamia.
- Neolithic Revolution
Definition:The latest period of the Stone Age, between 8000 B.C. and 5000 B.C., when hunter-gatherers began to settle in farming communities and use polished stone tools and weapons.
Context:With the Neolithic Revolution, people started to domesticate animals, put them in fields around their homesteads, and grow crops.
Definition:A group of ancient people who built a civilization in the land of Sumer in Mesopotamia.
Context:The Sumerians were the first great civilization in the world, even pre-dating the pharaohs of Egypt.
|- The Roots of Religion video and VCR, or DVD and DVD player
- Computer with Internet access
- Resources about the Sumerians
|Grade Level Expectations (view gles)|
|Related Links and Resources|
An Introduction to Sumer