Arabia and Iraq: History and Its Influence


World Cultures North Africa and the Middle East Arabia and Iraq: History and Its Influence
In this experience, students learn about the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, exploring many of its specific features and tracing the influence to today. They look specifically at the sequence of civilizations that led from Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq. Finally, they research and report on one of the important historical achievements of the region, explaining its significance in the past and in the present.

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In this experience, students learn about the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, exploring many of its specific features and tracing the influence to today. They look specifically at the sequence of civilizations that led from Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq. Finally, they research and report on one of the important historical achievements of the region, explaining its significance in the past and in the present.
 
Objectives:
  • Describe the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia.
  • Trace the history of the region of Mesopotamia from ancient times to today.
  • Explain historical achievements of Mesopotamia’s past and their influence today.


Today’s experience will take you on a trip back in time to the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia.
 
Objectives:
  • Describe the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia.
  • Trace the history of the region of Mesopotamia from ancient times to today.
  • Explain historical achievements of Mesopotamia’s past and their influence today.




The Tigris River


The word Mesopotamia means “between two rivers.” It is a place that is often called the “cradle of civilization.”


What do you think those two phrases mean? What characteristics do you think a place like that might have?

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Discuss student responses. It is likely that they will know very little about Mesopotamia, so encourage them to develop several guiding questions for an experience that is focused on Ancient Mesopotamia.


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