Write Like a Sumerian
In this activity, students discuss the concept of symbolic writing and analyze several examples of cuneiform, the writing system of ancient Sumeria. Students will also use a worksheet to create their own writing systems based on cuneiform and then use this writing to record a transaction.
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Standards & Objectives
- Explain the significance of polytheism (the belief that there are many gods) as the religious belief of the people in Mesopotamian civilizations.
- Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
- Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all...
- Write an inequality of the form x > c or x < c to represent a constraint or condition in a real-world or mathematical problem. Recognize that...
- Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one...
- GLE 0606.1.1
- Use mathematical language, symbols, and definitions while developing mathematical reasoning.
- GLE 0606.3.1
- Write and solve two-step equations and inequalities.
- GLE 0606.3.2
- Interpret and represent algebraic relationships with variables in expressions, simple equations and inequalities.
- GLE 0606.3.4
- Use expressions, equations and formulas to solve problems.
- GLE 0606.3.5
- Use multiple representations including symbolic algebra to model and/or solve contextual problems that involve linear relationships.
- SPI 0606.3.1
- Represent on a number line the solution of a linear inequality.
- SPI 0606.3.3
- Write equations that correspond to given situations or represent a given mathematical relationship.
- SPI 0606.3.5
- Translate between verbal expressions/sentences and algebraic expressions/equations.
- Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which variables stand for numbers.
- Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving onestep equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q, and x are all...
- Interpret and write an inequality of the form x > c or x
- Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another.
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Essential and guiding questions:
How were the earliest forms of writing developed?
Blooms taxonomy level:
- Cuneiform Activity Worksheet
- Primary Source Analysis Tool with Teacher’s Guide
- “Write Like A Babylonian” web tool at http://www.penn.museum/cgi/cuneiform.cgi
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