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Activity Overview

The Epic of Gilgamesh was an epic poem considered the world’s first work of literature, about a Sumerian King who went on many adventures, written in cuneiform on 12 clay tablets in 2100 BCE.

While the entire work is too mature for most students, there are videos, and summaries of simplified versions that focus on Gilgamesh’s main adventures with his friend Enkidu.

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 poster using a template from Storyboard That with images and text that highlight the key events from the story.

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Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: After learning about the Epic of Gilgamesh create a poster that includes important details and engaging imagery.

Student Instructions:

  1. On the poster, include Gilgamesh’s name and dates and the major details of the story in order of occurrence.
  2. Add appropriate scenes, characters and items to illustrate each cell. To find images related to ancient Mesopotamia, type “Mesopotamia” into the search bar.

Requirements: Gilgamesh’s image, name, and major details in order of occurrence.

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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