Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Ancient Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia 101

Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Mesopotamia


Mesopotamia 101
Print Mesopotamia 101 Reading Comprehension


Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 11
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   10.47

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    synonymous, millennium, imprint, influential, respective, disintegrate, present-day, fateful, modern-day, weakness, trio, so-called, sediment, nonetheless, mighty, span
     content words:    Southwest Asian, Fertile Crescent, Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf, Neo-Assyrian Empire, Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II, Hanging Gardens, Seven Wonders, Ancient World, After Nebuchadnezzar II


Mesopotamia 101
By Vickie Chao
  

1     In recent years, Iraq has often dominated the headlines of our evening news. Sure, its abundant natural resource -- oil -- is what makes this Southwest Asian country so influential in the world of politics. But aside from that fact, Iraq is also home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth!
 
2     Nearly nine thousand years ago, or around 7000 B.C., people began to settle in a region sandwiched between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. Later on, when the Greeks visited that area, they called it "Mesopotamia," which literally meant "the land between the rivers" in their language. Strictly speaking, Mesopotamia covers a broad plain of dry but rich soil lying beyond today's Iraq. It actually includes a portion of modern-day Turkey and Syria, too. Nonetheless, because Iraq represents the bulk of the region, its name and Mesopotamia are nearly synonymous.

Paragraphs 3 to 4:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Feedback on Mesopotamia 101
Leave your feedback on Mesopotamia 101   (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Ancient Mesopotamia
             Ancient Mesopotamia


More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons


Social Studies
             Social Studies


    United States History and Theme Units  
 
    American Government  
 
    Ancient America  
 
    Ancient China  
 
    Ancient Egypt  
 
    Ancient Greece  
 
    Ancient India  
 
    Ancient Mesopotamia  
 
    Ancient Rome  
 
    Biographies  
 
    Canadian Theme Unit  
 
    Country Theme Units  
 
    Crime and Terrorism  
 
    Economics  
 
    European History: 1600s-1800s  
 
 
    Explorers  
 
    Famous Educators  
 
    Geography  
 
    Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series  
 
    History of Books and Writing  
 
    History of Mathematics  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
    Inventors and Inventions  
 
    Middle Ages  
 
    Renaissance  
 
    World Religion  
 
    World War I  
 
    World War II  
 
    World Wonders  
 



Copyright © 2017 edHelper