In this project, students will write and illustrate a children’s book about ancient Egypt. After several weeks of “Egypt Exploration Days,” in which they will learn about the features of ancient Egyptian civilization, they will choose one topic on which to become an expert. Then, each student will create a page for our book on their topic.
- How did the geography of ancient Egypt shape its culture?
- What were the features of ancient Egyptian culture that made it successful?
- What process does an author experience when publishing writing?
- Ancient Egypt
- The Writing Process
Social Science Standards:
- Locate and describe the major river systems and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement and early civilizations.
- Understand the relationship between religion and the social and political order in Mesopotamia and Egypt.
- Discuss the main features of Egyptian art and architecture.
- Describe the role of Egyptian trade in the eastern Mediterranean and Nile valley.
- Understand the significance of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great.
- Trace the evolution of language and its written forms.
English-Language Arts Standards:
Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
2.3 Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and
2.4 Clarify an understanding of texts by creating outlines, logical notes, summaries, or reports.
2.5 Follow multiple-step instructions for preparing applications (e.g., for a public library card,
bank savings account, sports club, league membership).
Writing: Organization and Focus
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g., personal letter, letter to the editor, review, poem, report,
narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
1.2 Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions:
a. Engage the interest of the reader and state a clear purpose.
b. Develop the topic with supporting details and precise verbs, nouns, and adjectives to
paint a visual image in the mind of the reader.
c. Conclude with a detailed summary linked to the purpose of the composition.
1.3 Use a variety of effective and coherent organizational patterns, including comparison
and contrast; organization by categories; and arrangement by spatial order, order of
importance, or climactic order.
Writing: Research and Technology
1.4 Use organizational features of electronic text (e.g., bulletin boards, databases, keyword
searches, e-mail addresses) to locate information.
1.5 Compose documents with appropriate formatting by using word-processing skills and
principles of design (e.g., margins, tabs, spacing, columns, page orientation).
Writing: Evaluation and Revision
1.6 Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas within and between
1.3 Use colons after the salutation in business letters, semicolons to connect independent
clauses, and commas when linking two clauses with a conjunction in compound
1.4 Use correct capitalization.
1.5 Spell frequently misspelled words correctly (e.g., their, they’re, there).
Students will be assessed on:
- various “Egyptian Exploration” activities (webquests, hieroglyphics packet, etc.)
- completion of a research guide
- their final writing piece
- evidence of careful revision and editing during the writing process
- an illustration related their topic