Warren Westerberg’s history students are studying Mesopotamian cultures prior to moving on to Egypt.
Mesopotamia is in modern day Iraq. This is the earliest known area where cities developed. The various cultures of Mesopotamia developed agriculture, astronomy, writing, and the wheel.
In this lesson, students are using traditional tools used by scribes to write simple characters and phrases. The primary tools are a slab of clay for a writing surface and a stylus made or wood or reed. The clay tablets are dried and can be made permanent if they are fired in a kiln.