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Activity Overview


After students learn about Hammurabi’s Code, they can develop their own code of laws! Teachers can give examples about what their code would be, allow students to brainstorm, and then write up their code on the template using images from the creator to enhance their poster.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Write your own code of laws!

Student Instructions:

  1. Write a code of laws in an “if, then” format like Hammurabi’s code.
  2. Add appropriate words and images to enhance your poster. To find images related to ancient Mesopotamia, type “Mesopotamia” into the search bar.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.




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