Dating to the 1700s BCE, Hammurabi’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 lesson, students use Hammurabi’s Code to consider religious, economic, and social facets of life in the ancient world.

Image: Relief of Hammurabi and the god Shamash from the stela copy of Hammurabi's Code. Retrieved from the Wikimedia Commons.


I love teaching these lessons. I see real growth after about the eighth/ninth week. Students begin to really think about the questions and cite their evidence for their thinking.
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Hi stsoutherlan - Thank you for your comment. We're thrilled to hear you find our materials useful! Because students' needs and skills vary so widely, we can't accurately estimate how long a lesson will take. We encourage teachers to shorten or expand our lessons based on their time allowances and constraints.
These (and the U.S. history) lessons are the best I've found, I can't remember how I got by without them. I know that the length of time that these take to teach varies, but I was wondering if you could include a range of time that you would recommend for completing them. Thanks, it would help a lot.
This is an absolutely terrific lesson. It has the power to engage, while presenting crucial information with a high degree of historical integrity!
Student engagement is really high with these assignments. My students loved the 'Intro Materials'-- apparently, suspending someone is like a dream come true for 7th graders. :) I'm learning a lot about how to make primary sources more accessible and interesting for students. Could not be more pleased or grateful for this resource.
My school is emphasizing more student-centered learning, and while this was my first use of this program, it certainly will not be my last! I teach 9th grade, and this is a great exercise to have students think critically while getting a basic idea of the DBQ section on the AP exam, which many will take next year. I'm very happy.
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