Lesson Plan : Linking Mesopotamia and Egypt

Teacher Name:
 Katrina Prickett
 Grade 7-8
 Social Studies

 We covered Mesopotamia last week and have studied the Egyptian culture this week so today will be about linking the two cultures and finding the similarities and differences in the two.
 History: Early Civilizations a,b,c and d People in Societies 1. and 3. Geography: 1.
 At the end of the lesson the students will be able to pick out several key things that made the river civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt similar and different.
 The students will actively participate in writing the assignment and in the discussion that follows.
 Spend ten minutes reviewing some key facts about the lifestyles of the people from Mesopotamia and of the Egyptians by flipping through the notes from the last few days.
 I will model the assignnemt by reading a letter I wrote from the perspective of a soldier in the Revolutionary War to a soldier in the Civil war about what life was like. This will set the scene for the scenario that the kids are going to write about.
 For t heir assignment, the students will be expected to write from the perspective of an Egyptian or a resident of the Indus river Valley to the opposite group. I will assign which group they get to ensure their will be even numbers. In the letter I expect them to include things about the type of foods they eat, what they do for money, what they eat, what they like to do for fun, and what they live in. These are all things covered in the chapters.
 I am not setting a length for the letter. As long as the key points I am asking for are included the length is not important. This will allow all the students to have time to complete the assignment without rushing the ones that need more time to organize their ideas or to write them down.
Checking For Understanding:
 After the letter is written, the kids will get in groups of two with one person from each culture. The kids will read each other the letter they wrote and then we will get back together to discuss what kinds of things they wrote about as a class.

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