Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pharaohs, Tombs, and Egyptian Geography

We are well underway in our study of Egypt. This last week students created maps of current Egypt, and then they became acquainted with some of ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaohs. These pharaohs liked to leave behind eternal remembrances of themselves, so we “visited” some important monuments that they built. Besides looking at the Great Pyramid of Khufu, we looked at Hatshepsut’s temple, Deir el-Bahri,  and Abu Simbel built by Ramses II.
Please be aware that students in periods 2, 4, and 7 will be researching for information to write a persuasive essay about ancient Egypt. He/she should show you the project and get your signature to turn in this Thursday. They will choose to write about one of the following prompts:
  • If someone could visit only one Egyptian monument before they died, what monument should they visit? Why?
  • Who do you think was the greatest Egyptian pharaoh and why?
  • Why would Egypt be considered an important civilization for study?
This promises to be a busy but exciting week as we go to the library and continue to learn about the unique culture of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
By the way, have a very safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Enjoy the following photos of kids reading about the geography of Egypt.

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