5th Grade Expository Writing
Joe Barisic 10-23-15
Expository Writing ELA
Ancient Mesopotamia was the first civilization. It all started at the Fertile Crescent. The Fertile Crescent was covered in silt, which is a fine, clay substance. In the winter when the snow melts, it leaves the silt behind. There's also two rivers going through the middle of the Fertile Crescent which are The Tigris and Euphrates rivers. That makes it an ideal place to grow crops. To also help the growth of crops, they dug ditches to help the water move around. All the water came from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. All of those features made the nomads stay in one place.
Cultural elements the Mesopotamian had created are language, social classes, and religion. They used Cuneiform, which was their form of writing. With Cuneiform, they could keep track of harvest, trade, and they could also write prescriptions. They also wrote stories. They wrote all these things on clay tablets. Kings, back in Mesopotamia, were called Lugals. They were the highest social class. The other social classes in order are, the upper class which had priests and government officials. The middle class had craftsmen, farmers, and traders, and the lower class had slaves. Their religion, was polytheistic, that meant the worship of many gods. They built ziggurats for each god, ziggurats were pyramid shaped structures.
Ancient Judaism was a religion which was monotheistic. That means the worship of one all powerful God. The Jewish people had an organized system of beliefs. The reason they were organized was because they had the Ten Commandments which guided them.
Ancient Mesopotamians were the first people to create a civilization. There was the Fertile Crescent were it all started. Then there was the elements of culture which was there rules, then there was Judaism which is still around today.