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Create Your Own Sumerian City-State Well, hello! This is your Mesopotamia City Designing Supervisor. I have invited you all here to do one thing and that is to DESIGN A SUMERIAN CITY-STATE.( a city and the countryside around it) You know, it is 3,500 B.C. and I think it is about time we all find a location to settle down and build ourselves a little community. I am tired of hunting and gathering and living a nomadic life style. There has to be a more efficient and prosperous way to live our lives. One thing though, I need your help! Your plan must include a very detailed description with visuals of the following: geography, occupations, farming, and government. Your report should be realistic as you are creating your own city… be creative but “real.” This project is worth 50 points: 25 for group work and 25 for your individual report. Group: Your group consists of four designers. Each of you will have a different role (see below). I will be expecting to see all of the following questions answered in GREAT DETAIL in your city plans. Each person should have at least 2, 7-10 sentence paragraphs (typed or written in ink.) In addition, I will be expecting a poster to go along with your design description so I can fully comprehend your vision for the future!! Group Roles and Guided Questions: GEOGRAPHICAL/Religious Expert- What is the environment like? What part of Mesopotamia will your city-state be located? What will the weather/climate be like? Can plants and animals survive there? What water sources surround you? Why have you chosen this area over another? Where is your ziggurat located? What gods are worshiped? JOB SPECIALIST- What occupations will your city-state offer? Will there be a wide variety of occupations? Now that we will not be nomads, what other career choices might we have? Describe your division of labor and social hierarchy. Will women and men have the same choices? Does location of your city-state affect what jobs would be available? What are some of the inventions or products your city state uses? Why? FARMER- What is the agriculture like? Is there plenty of food? Do you have an extra amount (surplus) of anything? How could that be beneficial to you as a city? Where do you get your food? Do you hunt, gather, and produce? Do you have plenty of water? Where do you get your water? What are all of the things you need water for? Does the geography and location affect you as a farmer in any way? How and why? GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL- What is the social class system like? Who will rule the city-state? How will you protect your city-state from invaders? What are 10 of your laws and punishments? Develop a money/currency system. Gathering information: 1. Now that you know the task, your role, and how I will be evaluating you, you are ready to research. Use your book, the internet and library books to help you (use a minimum of three sources.) 2. Before you all go much further, decide on a city name. 3. Be sure to take notes as you do your research, write down the source so you can go back to it. 4. Your must turn in a written report (or 4 individual reports) as well as one group poster! 5. Your poster should include a map of your city with major landmarks (rivers, religious monuments, farms etc. located) Your map should also include the name of the city, a key and any other key information about your city. Exemplary Accomplished Developing Beginning Score You did a good job It appears as if you still You are at the very Your information gathering your information have some information beginning level of and evidence was Data Gathering and evidence from a and evidence to gather gathering and gathered from a & variety of relevant and analyze. You are analyzing inform at variety of relevant Analysis resources. You on your way to on. Your completed resources. 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