Education Technology

NCSS: Hammurabi?s Law Code

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students read and analyze an excerpt from Hammurabi's Code of Law to identify aspects of the Babylonian system of law. Students also compare and contrast modern laws to the Hammurabi Law Code and rank their relevance to today's laws.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) and NoteFolio(tm) Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Develop a coding system for student assignments. The code might be the student number and name of the activity, or the first initial and four letters of the student's last name, in addition to the activity. This coding will allow ease of grading throughout the lesson.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm)and NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Student's will:
  • Integrate the LearningCheck(tm) and NoteFolio(tm) applications into meaningful social studies instruction.
  • Analyze and discuss laws taken from Hammurabi's law code to compare and contrast with modern-day law.
  • Compare and contrast modern systems of law with Hammurabi's code of law and determine relevance to modern-day laws.
  • Examine a corporal punishment case in order to construct their own views on corporal punishment.
  • Research their state's position on corporal punishment in schools.
  • Create an "ideal" conception of law to synthesize understanding of the development of law throughout time and space.
  • Combine primary and secondary sources to critically examine and draw conclusions about a historical event.
  • After the Activity

    Have students compare and contrast Hammurabi?s Law Code with other law codes from around the world and/or throughout time. (for example, Roman Twelve Tables of Law, England?s Magna Carta, the U. S. Constitution, present-day Middle Eastern nations, present-day Germany, present-day Russia, changes in the U.S. since September 11, 2001).