Grade 5 Students Combine Social Studies & Literature for Optimal Learning

Grade 5 students Rose Bragg and Oliver White enjoyed learning about ancient Mesopotamia by reading Gilgamesh.

Students in Ms. Capobianco and Ms. Buesser’s grade 5 classes are learning about ancient Mesopotamia through a combination of social studies and literature. At read-aloud, students are reading an ancient Mesopotamian text called Gilgamesh the Hero. Gilgamesh is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature and the second oldest religious text, after the Pyramid Texts.

Students are learning about Gilgamesh, a Mesopotamian king who goes on quests, by reading the text, drawing the characters and writing about them. The students are enthralled with the time period and feel that they are learning better when their social studies and literature units are combined.

“There was a lot of magic,” says grade 5 student Rose Bragg. “The book related to our social studies unit about ancient Mesopotamia, so we could understand it a lot better.”

Grade 5 student Oliver White says, “I liked the cool characters. My favorite character was Humbaba (also spelled Huwawa) – he has the head of a lion, the teeth of a dragon and the tail of a snake. Each character was so different!”