Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ancient Egypt Project: An Instruction Manual for Journeying to the Afterlife

Project Overview  For the past week, we have studied ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, specifically as they relate to death and the afterlife. It's now time to demonstrate what you've learned. Rather than take a test or write an essay, your assessment will come in the form of a  project. Specifically, you will be creating an instruction manual

Imagine that the pharaoh of Egypt has come to you requesting your advice and wisdom on how he or she can gain entry to the afterlife. The pharaoh wants specifics. "What exactly do I need to do?" he or she asks. You decide the most effective way to communicate the specifics on everything from mummy and tomb preparation, to navigating the underworld, to what to expect at the Hall of Two Truths, is to create an instruction manual.  
Examples of Instruction Manuals  The purpose of an instruction manual is to educate its user about how to do something. There are instruction manuals for just about everything, from how to build something to how to fix something to how to play a game. 

An effective instruction manual probably includes: Instructions presented as step-by-step procedures, simple concise language, and visuals to make it easier to understand. 

Below are few different examples of various types of instruction manuals. 

Project Guidelines  You will now begin constructing your own instruction manual with the purpose of educating a pharaoh about how to gain entry into the afterlife. You may choose to produce your instruction manual using any of the various Google tools available in your Drive, such as a Google Document, Google Presentation, or Google Drawing. (If you choose you may use a simple Google Drawing template I made, which can be found here.) 

Other Instruction Manual Project Guidelines

  1. You must include a title (e.g., A Guide to the Afterlife). 
  2. You must include information about the following topics: preparing the tomb, preparing the body, the journey through the underworld, the Hall of Two Truths, the final judgement, and the afterlife.
  3. Information should be presented in a step-by-step format and use either numbers or transition words to make clear each step. 
  4. You should write clearly and concisely, use your own words, and use second-person pronouns (e.g, you and your).  
  5. You should include at least one visual, image, or illustration with each step.   
This project will be due next Friday, November 7.

Homework  Complete your Journey to the Afterlife - Study Guide and Journey to the Afterlife - Cognitive Content Dictionary. Both are due: Tomorrow, Friday, October 31

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