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Grade Level(s): 5, 6, 7, 8,9,10,11,12
Note: The book used for the basis of these Lesson Plans, Inanna, Goddess of Love: Great Myths & Legends From Sumer, is a remarkable one-size-fits-all kind of a book which can be used in any classroom in any manner of ways. Despite the engagingly simplistic writing style, the material is suitable for all suggested ages and can be incorporated into a variety of subject areas.
Duration: Three 45-minute sessions with room for expansion
Note: For ease of planning and preparation, four uniquely themed lesson plans are all given here under the headings of Lesson Plan One (Ancient History), Lesson Plan Two (Literature), Lesson Plan Three (World Religion), and Lesson Plan Four (Interdisciplinary).
Description: Literature uses symbolism as a means of making the unfamiliar familiar. Myths and legends from Sumer, written approximately 5000 years ago, are filled with metaphors, allegory, and symbolism. Not only are these stories the oldest known stories in recorded history, but they are stories that share with us historical information on how the ancient Sumerians lived, what they believed, but more importantly, what was their enduring legacy. In studying the stories left us by the ancient Sumerians, who lived in the region known as Mesopotamia, we will not only learn about these far distant peoples, but we will also discover much about ourselves – how we became the people we are today.
Goals: The overall goal of these lesson plans is for students to gain an appreciation and interest in history, in ancient history in particular, through the medium of myth as well as to develop an enjoyment for literature from cultures different from their own.
Note: If the book Inanna, Goddess of Love is studied sequentially in its entirety, there emerges a powerful connectivity between the myths and the legends resulting in a central theme underlining a strict set of moral issues. These intense motifs may be studied in greater depths to show students the power of religion, the role of government, the expectations of citizenship, and the importance of understanding the mythology (beliefs) of another culture in order to better understand ourselves.
Objectives: For each separate Lesson Plan there will be topic-specific objectives to be achieved, but in general benefits realized from this set of lessons will be:
These assessments will all be age dependant. The teacher will know best how to grade the class. Class assignments will be evaluated in the following areas: