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November, 2008

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History
From U. Chicago: Lots more about Mesopotamia than how to spell it.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This site was developed by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in collaboration with a team of Chicago Public School teachers. Its purpose is to disseminate knowledge and awareness of this ancient civilization that will lead to a better understanding of ourselves, others, and of current events for the K-12 community. Selected artifacts tell the story of ancient Mesopotamia now present-day Iraq.
This interactive, multimedia site is divided into four sections that are linked on the main page. Subsequent pages offer a top navigation bar and each section has its own table of contents. You will need Shockwave, Flash, and QuickTime plug-ins to view the interactives.

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History provides a wealth of resources for teaching and learning about this civilization. The artifacts in the learning collection were chosen by teachers to shed light on the everyday lives of the people who lived in this area which is now Iraq. Teachers and students can examine the artifacts and use the teacher developed questions to drive classroom discussions. The collection can be browsed by name, material, object type, time period, archaeological site map or cultural themes. The Interactives offer users the opportunity to view significant artifacts up close and go on a virtual archaeological dig in Iraq. Any of fourteen different themes can be explored to learn about the different aspects of ancient life in this region. Additionally, teaching materials such as standards based lesson plans, information on visual thinking strategies, how to use this resource and last but not least an online course for teachers wishing to learn more about this region.


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