*Outcome*: Explain the similarities and differences between the Assyrian Empire and the Chaldean Empire. Before: When you think of an Empire what do you think of? Is the United States of American an Empire? During: Complete a Venn diagram explaining the similarities and differences between the Assyrians and the Chaldeans. • Students will pair up and read Chapter 1 Section 3 before filling out the Graphic Organizer. Once everyone has finished each group will share with the class their results. Assyrians Different Iron weapons, ferocious warriors, large Empire, Nineveh: Capitol, divided Empire into provinces, built roads, brutal laws Chaldeans Same Different Lived in Mesopotamia, large army, built temples and palaces Babylon: Capitol, constructed the Hanging Gardens, expanded trade, advanced in astronomy After: Exit Slip • Why was the Assyrian army a powerful fighting force? What role did they play in helping the Assyrians conquer all of Mesopotamia?