Chapter 2 Section 1 City-States of Ancient Sumer
Terms, People, and Places
The Epic of Gilgamesh
What geographic characteristics made the Fertile Crescent a good place for civilization to develop?
How was Sumerian society structured?
What advances did the Sumerians make in mathematics and astronomy?
The Story of the Stars
HW, SECTION 1 Assessment
Reading Skill: Identify Main Ideas
2. Use your completed concept web to answer the Focus Question: What were the characteristics of the world’s first civilization?
Comprehension and Critical Thinking
3. Sumerians faced significant geographic challenges, such as floods. How do you think facing these challenges played a role in the formation of a strong government?
4. How might the invention of cuneiform writing have strengthened Sumerian government and religious practices?
5. Describe ways in which later peoples built on Sumerian learning. Would this have been possible without the invention of writing?
Writing About History