Last year, I posted a blog about my readers' theater plays. If you visit that link, you will find links to all of my readers' theater plays that supplement many different Social Studies topics. I wrote and use them to teach content at the middle school level, and my wife, an elementary teacher, uses them to work with kids on reading fluency. We sell most of them through her store, but the set I want to highlight today are my Mesopotamia plays which are available at my store.
Mesopotamia, the very first civilization can be daunting for a lot of students. Strange sounding place names (like Ur) and vocabulary terms (like Ziggurat) can scare some kids away from this fascinating group of cultures. My leveled readers' theater plays help make this content more relateable.
Students learn about a Mesopotamian myth, the first written laws (Hammurabi's Code), and the invention of writing (cuneiform) while performing these plays in small groups. I use these at least once in every unit I teach, and my students really have fun with them while learning history!
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