CLASS DESCRIPTION
Dating to the 1700s BCE, Ḫammurapi’s Code is one of the oldest sets of laws. These laws help shed light on what life was like in Ancient Babylonia. In this class, students will use Ḫammurapi’s Code to consider religious, economic, and social facets of life in the ancient world.

This class will focus on the skill of evaluating evidence. Students will be asked to consider the strengths and limitations of different pieces of historical evidence.

Dating to the 1700s BCE, Ḫammurapi’s Code is one of the oldest sets of laws. These laws help shed light on what life was like in Ancient Babylonia. In this class, students will use Ḫammurapi’s Code to consider religious, economic, and social facets of life in the ancient world.

This class will focus on the skill of evaluating evidence. Students will be asked to consider the strengths and limitations of different pieces of historical evidence.

This class requires students to read 3 excerpts from Ḫammurapi’s law code before the class (roughly 2,000 words.) The PDF document will be posted on the classroom wall for students to access before the class. 

READING LIKE A HISTORIAN
The word “Historia” comes from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historía, “learning through research, inquiry, and investigation”.)

These classes were designed to engage students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students to analyze, discuss, and evaluate.

This class, with curriculum created by Standford University, teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues and learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence.

OUR APPROACH TO HISTORY
Polyhistoria classes emphasize critical thinking, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. We believe that students learn history best by doing what professional historians do.

(Read more about our approach to history.)

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
-Students’ cameras and microphones must be in working order and turned on during the class.

CLASS FORMAT
This class is designed to include lots of interaction and discussion.

[A lot of interaction in classes with more than 6 students can cause students’ computers to freeze and the video call to be dropped. Therefore, the class interaction level will be modified in classes with 6+ students because of the Zoom limitations. Larger classes will be taught in the format of an engaging lecture with moderate interaction.]

Meets once for 60 minutes
4 – 9 learners, ages 12-17

CLASS TOPICS
-Evaluating Evidence: What Does It Mean To Evaluate Evidence?
-Document A: Religion in Ḫammurapi’s Code
-Document B: Economics in Ḫammurapi’s Code
-Document C: Society in Ḫammurapi’s Code

Thrilled by the opportunity to teach cutting-edge social science scholarship to teenagers, I leapt at the opportunity to teach classes online. I enjoy old, rare books and gardening in Colorado, where even the incompetent can have beautiful roses. In addition to teaching and gardening, I remain actively involved in competitive sports, and you are cautioned not to wager against me at the ping-pong table.

I teach ancient languages, human & political world geography, history, philosophy, economics, political science …and anything else that catches my interest.

 

HAVE DOUBTS, QUESTIONS, OR SUGGESTIONS?
Feel free to send me an email at crystal@polyhistoria.com

 

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