Constructing a Timeline of Mesopotamian Civilizations

Assignment to hand in:     Completed Key Civilizations in Mesopotamia Timeline

Overview: In this activity, you will explore the various civilizations that have risen and declined in the Near East. Click the Mesopotamian civilizations below to find out more about them:
Sumer (4000 - 2300 B.C.E.)
Akkadian Empire (2330 - 2100 B.C.E.)
Babylonian Empire (1800 - 1500 B.C.E.)
Assyrian Empire (1100 - 612 B.C.E.)
Chaldean Empire (612 - 539 B.C.E.)
Persian Empire - "Achaemenid Empire" (550 - 333 B.C.E.)

Step 1: Download and print out the handouts: Key Civilizations in Mesopotamia.

Step 2: Cut out the Image Tokens at the top of the first page and each civilization description along the dotted lines.

Step 3: Download and print out the handout: Key Civilizations in Mesopotamia Small Maps and cut out each one along dotted lines.

Step 4: Match each Image Token to the corresponding Description and Map. Ex: the Walled City Token matches the Sumerian City-States description and the Map with black dots around the Tigris & Euphrates River region.

Image Token - Civilization Description - Small Map

Step 5: On the blank space within the small maps cut-outs, glue the image tokens that correspond to each. Then write in the name of the civilization and the time frame it existed in history. Ex: Sumerian City-States (4000 - 2300 B.C.E.) Then, write a brief description of the civilization's accomplishments.

Step 6: Download and print out the handouts: Key Civilization in Mesopotamia Timeline. Glue each small map to the timeline in chronological order (above and below). Then shade in the horizontal bar that follows the title of each civilization. Ex: Sumerian City-States - Shade from 4000 B.C.E. to 2300 B.C.E. (as close to the date as possible, since 2300 B.C.E. isn't labeled.)

Step 7: Writing Prompt: Answer the following question in essay format. Use THREE quotes from within the text, Key Civilizations in Mesopotamia to back up your answer.

Prompt: Why did Mesopotamian civilizations rise and decline?


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