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Activity Overview

Researching real people and events helps students to gain a more concrete understanding of the culture, lives and diverse perspectives of people who lived in ancient times. It helps them go beyond simply memorizing dates and names to acquire a more substantial, empathetic and realistic view of the period.

Teachers can assign students a specific person or they may give students a choice. Teachers may wish to provide resources such as books or the online encyclopedia Britannica for students to read about their person.

Giving students a graphic organizer to fill in as they read is helpful to pick out the most important facts and details. After students conduct their research and fill out a note-taking sheet or graphic organizer, students can create a biography poster using a template from Storyboard That with images and text that highlight the key events and accomplishments of their person.

These posters can be printed out, laminated, and hung around the room as a visual reminder of notable people from the time of ancient Mesopotamia. Students can also present their posters to their classmates, sharing their knowledge about their person, thus combining research, writing and public speaking skills into one powerful assignment.

Find more biography poster templates to add to this assignment if desired!

Some examples of people to research:

  • Queen Puabi
  • Naram-Sin
  • Hammurabi
  • Nabopolassar
  • Nebuchadnezzar II
  • Shamshi-Adad I
  • Tiglath Pileser III
  • Sennacherib
  • Ashurbanipal
  • Cyrus the Great
  • Darius I
  • Xerxes I
  • Sargon the Great or Sargon of Akkad

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Research a person from ancient Mesopotamia. Create a poster that includes important details and engaging imagery.

Student Instructions:

  1. Choose a famous person.
  2. Using school resources, conduct research on a famous person and take notes using a graphic organizer.
  3. On the poster, include your person’s name and dates of birth, death and major accomplishments in sequence.
  4. Add appropriate scenes, characters and items to illustrate each cell. To find images related to ancient Mesopotamia, type “Mesopotamia” into the search bar.

Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, major accomplishments

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/7] Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation


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