Ancient Literacy

In 6th grade social studies, students are studying ancient history and have now arrived at the dawn of civilization, starting in Ancient Sumer. As societies became more complex, the need to create records arose, which in turn necessitated the invention of written language. The people who made early records were known as scribes and were important, highly educated people in their societies. Students experienced what it was like to be an ancient scribe by making “clay tablets” (from dough) and using “styluses” to write messages on them in ancient Sumerian cuneiform, one of the earliest known forms of writing.

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