Sunday, January 12, 2014

What’s In a Name?

This week students created their own Egyptian cartouche. A cartouche is basically a name holder for a pharaoh’s name and is in the shape of an oval. They were placed at the entrance of the pharaoh’s tomb, which archeologists would use to identify whose tomb they had found. So, students had fun writing their names using hieroglyphs within a cartouche, as well as reading about Egyptian writing, and decoding some hieroglyphs in their homework.
Next week they will be learning about mummification and making mummy cases for a pharaoh or queen. These mummy cases will be due on Friday for ALL Seahawks Social Studies students and show the student’s personality as they decorate them.
Meanwhile, students in periods 2, 4, and 7 are working on a mini-research essay about a favorite pharaoh, queen, or monument. We did research over the last two weeks and now they are writing their rough drafts, with their final drafts due on Thursday. They are excellent workers and have been busy practicing their writing skills.
Below are pictures of students working on their cartouches. Next weekend I hope to put up pictures showing their cartouches on the bulletin board.

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