Thursday, December 13, 2012 Create a list that describes a typical day in your life from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. Be specific.
Essential Question How were social classes formed in the Fertile Crescent and how did jobs become specialized?
Learning Targets I can… Tell what a typical day was like for a student like me who lived in ancient Sumer. Identify relevant and irrelevant information in a primary source document.
Relevant and Irrelevant Relevant IrrelevantSomething that Not connected has a logical or to what is being sensible discussed connection to what is being discussed.
Background Archaeologists excavated documents in the form of essays written by a schoolteacher about 2000 B.C. The essays describe the life of a student in ancient Sumer. These documents– such as essays, diaries, and journals – give historians important information about the past. As you read excerpts from the essay “School Days.” think about the information that you can gather about school in ancient Sumer.
I recited my tablet, ate my lunch, prepared my (new) tablet, wrote it, finishedit; then my model tablets were brought to me; and in the afternoon my exercise tabletswere brought to me. When school was dismissed, I went home, entered the house, andfound my father sitting there. I explained…my exercise tablets to my father,…recitedmy tablet to him, and he was delighted… [The schoolboy then gives the servants the following orders.] I am thirsty, giveme water to drink; I am hungry, give me bread to eat; wash my feet, set up (my) bed, Iwant to go to sleep. Wake me early in the morning, I must not be late… When I arose early in the morning, I faced my mother and said to her: “Giveme my lunch, I want to go to school!” My mother gave me two rolls, and I set out… In school the fellow in charge of punctuality said: “Why are you late?” Afraidand with a pounding heart, I entered before my teacher and made a respectful curtsy. My headmaster read my tablet, said: “There is something missing.”…Thefellow in charge of neatness said: “You loitered in the street and did not straighten upyour clothes,” The fellow in charge of silence said: “Why did you rise withoutpermission?”…The fellow in charge of Sumerian said: “Why didn’t you speakSumerian?...” [The teacher speaks to the schoolboy.] Young fellow, (because) you hated notmy words, neglected them not, (may you) complete the scribal [writer’s] art frombeginning to end. Because you…paid me a salary larger than my efforts (deserve), (and)have honored me, …may your exercises contain no faults. Of your brothers, may you betheir leader; of your friends may you be their chief; may you rank the highest among theschoolboys… You have carried out well the school’s activities, you are a man of learning.
Re-Read 1. Go back and re-read the text on pages 506-5072. On lined paper, write at least two examples from the text for each of the following categories: a) Something that would not be useful to a historian who wants to write an article about education in Sumer. b) Something that is essential for someone who is studying ancient teaching methods.3. Create a question that a historian might ask about Sumerian society after reading the essay.