IF COMING UP WITH an interesting way to teach your 6-8 graders ancient history is difficult for you, look no further. This Hammurabi’s Code of Law Debate is a project based activity for your collaborative groups that is enticing, challenging and fun. When you see your kids being actively engaged and truly enjoying their experience, it will help you to once again discover a joy of learning with them.
THIS RESOURCE goes hand in hand with what is happening in our world today. Controversy over certain laws, the second amendment, equal rights, health care, etc. This hands on activity will help the kids to visualize what life was like during Hammurabi’s reign. A time when there were no laws, people were being ripped off and violent crimes were committed. In short, there was no justice.
HAMMURABI came up with one of the first law codes to improve the well-being of mankind. The severity of his decrees bothered my 6th graders who were eager to debate their point of view.
IF YOU ALSO TEACH LANGUAGE ARTS, the students will take notes and be required to pick at least 2-4 laws (more) if they want, and write an argumentative essay stating how they feel about them. This will keep them actively engaged during the debate.
INSTEAD OF JUST LECTURING, reading a text, writing definitions or answering questions which is BORING and will turn them off, they’ll have a good grasp of what they’re studying because they’ll be active rather than passive learners.
WE ALL KNOW THAT KIDS FORGET what they’ve been taught soon after they’ve had their test. I’m positive these hands on activities will leave a lasting impression and be something they’ll remember even after they’ve left your classroom.
⎈COMMON CORE STANDARDS⎈
WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.1a, WHST.6-8.1b, WHST.6-8.1c, WHST.6-8.1d, WHST.6-8.1e, WHST.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.2a, WHST.6-8.2b, WHST.6-8.2c, WHST.6-8.2d, WHST.6-8.2f, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.5, WHST.6-8.6, WHST.6-8.7, WHST.6-8.10
☆EXPERTS KNOW that Debating will☆
☆Improve abstract thinking skills
☆Help build character.
♥WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING about these resources.♥
♥”I did the code of law debate. My kids loved it!! I mean they LOVED it! I wore my old grad gown, acted as Hammurabi, had People’s Court jingle going….completely successful! Thanks for the resource! Can’t wait to do it again this year!” by Keri H. Facebook post.
☺THIS IS WHAT YOU’LL GET☺
☺General Lesson Plans
☺Copy of Debate Procedures, Times,
☺Expectations for Teacher & Students
☺Student Expectations Poster
☺Inscription On Hammurabi’s Stele Poster
☺Hammurabi’s Code of Law Handouts
☺Group Notes for Debate Preparation
☺Individual Notes During the Debate
☺Note Page for Rebuttal
☺Argumentative Writing Graphic Organizers
☺Rough Draft Worksheets
☺Final Draft Papers
☆I REMEMBER sitting in history class, as a student, and being bored out of my mind. The teacher just lectured and all I could do was look at the clock and wish that I was some place else ANYPLACE else! Needless to say I learned very little that year. I only began liking ancient history after I became a 6th grade teacher, years later, and vowed that I would make it come alive for my children. I didn’t want them to go through what I did. That negative experience gave me the impetus to use PBL learning in most of my teaching and I’m so glad I did.
☺THIS RESOURCE can be used for☺
☺ Gifted students
☺ Middle school
☺ High School
☺ World History classes/ELA classes
☼ Lighting the path to knowledge with enticing and exciting activities that they’ll remember long after they’ve left your classroom ☼
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