Hands-on Learning in 9th Grade History

Hands-on learning is a critical component of our classroom experience at TCA. Students retain material best when it is taught through multiple mediums. Our 9th Grade History classes did just that, combining some hands-on sculpture work with their classroom discussion on cuneiform.

Cuneiform meaning, “wedge-shaped,” is the earliest form of writing in human history and was used by the ancient Mesopotamians. The letters are written using a system of triangles. 9th Grade History students used clay and writing tools to press cuneiform letters of their own, writing things like their name and other phrases. To go along with their cuneiform, students then wrote essays answering: what is language and written language? How would this develop help or hinder early mankind?