Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ancient Egyptian Writing

 Lesson Focus Question   What did writing look like in ancient Egypt and how was it used?

Ancient Egyptian Writing Overview  Today we are going to continue to learn about ancient Egyptian writing. The following is an excerpt from the British Museum's online Ancient Egypt exhibit: The ancient Egyptians believed that it was important to record and communicate information about religion and government. Thus, they invented written scripts that could be used to record this information. The most famous of all ancient Egyptian scripts is hieroglyphic. However, throughout three thousand years of ancient Egyptian civilization, at least three other scripts were used for different purposes. Using these scripts, scribes were able to preserve the beliefs, history and ideas of ancient Egypt in temple and tomb walls and on papyrus scrolls.  

The Story of Ancient Egyptian Writing: The British Museum  We will now learn about how writing changed in ancient Egypt over time by reading an interactive story at the British Museum's online Ancient Egypt exhibit, which can be found here 

How and Where Writing was Used in Ancient Egypt: Online Exploration  You will now have an opportunity to explore the various ways and places writing was used in ancient Egypt, by exploring the site here. Click on the "scribe" and learn was his or her job was. Click on the various places around ancient Egypt and discover what role writing played there.  

Make a Post on KidBlog  Show me what you've learned about about writing in ancient Egypt by making a post on your Social Studies blog on KidBlog (Period 4 your blog is here and Period 6 your blog is here). Click "New Post" and began to write a paragraph about ancient Egyptian writing, which may include its history, how it changed, how it was used, the job of a scribe, the tools involved, and the development of paper. Your paragraph should be written in your own words and be well-organized, which includes having a topic sentence and transition words.This paragraph will count as a mini-assessment and will demonstrate for me what you have learned. Do not click "Publish" until you are finished. Your paragraph should be completed and published by Friday, November 7  

Homework  (1.) Complete your paragraph about Egyptian writing on KidsBlog. (2.) Complete your Afterlife Instruction Manual, which is due on Friday, November 7.

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