Marcella Kampman

Author of Inanna, Goddess of Love: Great Myths and Legends from Sumer

Inanna, Goddess of  Love:  Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans are for educators using "Inanna, Goddess of Love" in the classroom. To Purchase a copy of this book, please check out my Web Store on the above menu. Thanks.

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Grade Level(s): 5, 6, 7, 8,9,10,11,12

Subject(s):

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Language Arts/Literature
  • Language Arts/Reading/Writing
  • Social Studies /Ancient History/World History
  • Social Studies/Civics/Psychology /World Religion

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:

  1. To broaden students’ reading horizons along with their vocabulary skills.
  1. To allow students to become familiar with devices such as metaphors, similes, allegory, and personification.
  2. To give students a greater understanding of moral issues and central themes.
  3. To allow students to better understand mythology; to explore a myth’s deeper purpose as well as its meaning in the context of a given culture.
  4. To gain knowledge of other cultures. Not only will they learn about the differences between cultures, but in the course of their reading they will also discover that there are very basic yet important similarities that we share with people everywhere.
  5. To permit students to explore their own creativity by letting them express their own ideas in writing.
  6. And ultimately to encourage students to engage in critical thinking.

Materials:

  1. Inanna, Goddess of Love: Great Myths & Legends from Sumer by Marcella Kampman is the main resource to be used throughout.
  2. A map of current-day Middle East from the Persian Gulf up to the Black Sea, as well as a map showing the original borders of Ancient Mesopotamia.  
  3. Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event that Changed History by William Ryan and Walter C. Pitman would be useful for its scientific analysis.
  4. The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler would be helpful as it formulates the idea of the ‘Hero’s Journey’ in literature.
  5. A copy of the King James Bible (or even a Children’s Bible) would be useful for comparing stories, in particular the story of Noah and the Arc.

Assessment:

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:

  1. Students will use complete sentences, vary their sentence length, use proper English, and correctly spell any unfamiliar words or phrases when writing essays or reports on the various topics given. Grades will correspond directly with effort.
  2. Students may be given a quiz at the end of a given lesson plan to assess their understanding of various concepts ranging from areas of general knowledge of the history and culture of the Sumerians; to understanding the differences between the various figures of speech such as metaphor, simile, or personification; to more complex concepts such as the power of symbolism and allegory in mythology.

Lesson Plan One: Ancient History – Who Were The Sumerians?

Lesson Plan Two: Literature – The Hero’s Journey

Lesson Plan Three: World Religion – Mythology Meets Science

Lesson Plan Four: Interdisciplinary – The KISS Method (Keep It Short & Simple)