SWBAT explain how the rivers of Southwest Asia supported the growth of civilization.
SWBAT explain how new farming techniques led to the growth of cities.
In doing so, SWBAT recognize that the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers were the site of the world's first civilizations.
If you were a nomad who wanted to settle down and stay in one place, what type of place would you look for? What would you need to think about?
Source: The Story of the World - Susan Wise Bauer
Mesopotamia means "between the rivers".
1. Which two rivers is Mesopotamia between?
2. Why do you think early people would settle in this area?
Following the 3rd read of the text, you will use the Word Map to further investigate "irrigation".
Source: Created by Sarah Scamardella
Source: Read Write Think
What observations can you make?
What inferences can you make?