Central Question: What was important to King Hammurabi?

Hammurabi Oil Painting, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. From the Library of Congress.

Ancient World History Investigation 2

Students consider the perspective of people in the distant past as they explore Mesopotamia and Hammurabi‚Äôs laws. After reading and analyzing a collection of modified sources, students will use evidence and reasoning to critique a museum’s argument about what was important to King Hammurabi.

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Note: The Spanish investigations are from earlier work and do not match other versions of this investigation at this time.


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Literacy in History/Social Studies CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2, 6-8.4-6-8.7, 6-8.10 ELA Reading: Information Text CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.1-7.2, 7.4-7.10 ELA Writing CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1, 7.4-7.5, 7.7-7.10 ELA Speaking & Listening CSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1-7.3
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Dimension 1: D1.2.6-8. Dimension 2: D2.Civ.1.6-8., D2.Civ.3.6-8., D2.Civ.6.6-8, D2.Civ.14.6-8., D2.His.1.6-8., D2.His.3.6-8, D2.His.4.6-8., D2.His.5.6-8., D2.His.6.6-8., D2.His.13.6-8, D2.His.16.6-8., D3.1.6-8., D3.2.6-8. Dimension 3: D3.1.6-8., D3.2.6-8., D3.3.6-8., D3.4.6-8. Dimension 4: D4.1.6-8., D4.2.6-8, D4.3.6-8., D4.8.6-8.

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