Today's Focus Question Who was Hammurabi and what was the significance of Hammurabi's Code?
Warm-Up: Early Mesopotamia Quiz Show me what you have learned about the geography and early civilizations of Mesopotamia so far by taking the short quiz here. I will read you the questions and answers aloud, and then provide you time to finish. If you finish early, you may silent read or work on one of your digital assignments.
Who was Hammurabi? According to your textbook, Hammurabi "became king of the city of Babylon around 1792 B.C. For more than 30 years, he built up his army. Then he launched a series of all-out attacks against his rivals. Within a few years he had united Sumer and northern Mesopotamia into a new Babylonian Empire."
To learn more about Hammurabi, watch the brief video below.
Hammurabi's Code Why was Hammurabi's law code so historically significant? To begin to understand, watch the video below.
Hammurabi's Code Activity Now you will have an opportunity to examine Hammurabi's code of laws in detail at the website here. You will explore real situations that Hammurabi actually faced. You will then decide what you think to be a fair way to deal with the problem. Finally, you will discover what Hammurabi declared. You will use the document You Be the Judge: Hammurabi's Code, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom.
Homework Complete the You Be the Judge: Hammurabi's Code assignment, which is due next Friday, October 9.