We covered a number of geographical topics starting with a map of the world, labeling continents and oceans. We then looked at a map of the early river civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. We discussed the importance of the rivers in the settling of the land and creation of civilization. We read a passage about Mesopotamia and answered a problem solving question.
Fertile Crescent Rap Song - use "richmondcps" as login and password
We delved deeper into Mesopotamia by learning about
In 1754 B.C., Hammurabi conquered and united all the cities of Mesopotamia under his rule. Although he was a brutal warrior, his greatest achievement was his code of laws, which he had engraved on a towering stone monument.
Hammurabi’s Code was not the first, but it was the most complete set of laws that has survived. It is important because it created a set of rules that helped to govern a civilization while trying to protect people even if they had little political power. It called for different punishments based on the class of the lawbreaker and the victim of the crime. In the Code, punishments often fit the crime by demanding and “eye for an eye” or a “tooth for a tooth”.
You Be the Judge - Hammurabi's Code
We started defining the words that will be on our vocabulary quiz next week, and our Unit 1 Test.
Unit 1 Vocabulary List - click to see all the definitions and use as a study tool
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