After we graded the map, we talked about The Epic of Gilgamesh. (For all of you adults reading this, may I recommend the Stephen Mitchell translation? It's very good. I won't recommend it to my students though, as the temple prophetesses are a little... school inappropriate.)
As you're probably aware The Epic of Gilgamesh is among the oldest pieces of literature in the world. It comes to us from ancient Mesopotamia, and was written in the language: ____________________. (If you weren't aware of this, students tell the adult what language it was written in. Go ahead, do that now... I'll probably mention it below.)
We didn't read any of the story. I did give a little synopsis. Instead, I gave my students a little tub of play dough, and a stylus. We practiced writing the language cuneiform for a couple minutes. I thought it went pretty well.
I snapped a couple pictures. Have a look, and then you can discuss the blog for extra credit:
Then, write the following phrase on a scrap piece of paper: "Utnapishtim and a snake that sssteals life." Have the adult you read and discussed the blog with sign the paper, then turn it in tomorrow for extra credit.