Monday, November 28, 2016

Egyptian Pharaoh Study: Hatshepsut

 Today's Learning Objective    Understand the significance of Queen Hatshepsut 

Warm-Up: Video of the Day  Watch the video below about the growth of human population over the last 100,000 years. What observations can you make? What are the implications, if any, of this for the way we live now and the future of your planet? 

Examining Hatshepsut from Multiple Sources  Queen Hatshepsut was one of the most important leaders in Ancient Egypt's history. In order to understand her significance we will be consider Hatshepsut using multiple sources. We will examine a section from our Social Studies textbook, an excerpt from the book Hathshepsut: His Majesty, Herself, a primary source document that includes Hatshepsut's own words, a short documentary video, and finally a poem. By examining a text set composed of a variety of sources, my hope is that you will develop a more comprehensive understanding of this remarkable figure from history.

You will use the document Hatshepust Notes, located in your Social Studies Google Classroom, to document the important things you learn about her and her reign. 

We will begin by reading an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook below.    

Now we will read an excerpt from the book Hathsepsut: HIs Majesty, Herself, which focuses on what Hatshepsut did in order to be accepted as pharaoh by the Egyptian people. 

Next, we will examine a primary source. A primary source is a document or physical object which was written during the time under study. The words below are said to be Hatshepsut's  and come directly form an obelisk (an Egyptian monument) inscription created during her reign. What do we learn about Hatshepsut from her actual words? Should this source carry more weight than others? 

Next, check out the short documentary video about Hatshepsut below. 

Finally, read this poem by Ruth Whitman written from the perspective of Hatshepsut. 


Before my father came to the throne  

there was chaos in our double kingdom- 

from the Great Green Sea on the north  

to the land of Nubia on our south.

Men without breasts love war.  

They measure their height

by the mountains of severed hands  

piled up, cut from their enemies.

But I saw our land laid out in peace:  

Thebes, the southern city, the horizon of earth  

stretching east to west

and the fecund river cleaving the land

south to north.  

Sun and moon

sail from east to west

across the Nile,

from life to death

and back again.

Symmetry. Order.  

The Nile

floods, recedes, floods.

And over us stretches Nut, 

the goddess who is the sky. 

The sun travels by night 

through her body,

the moon and stars by day. 

Her toes touch the east,

her fingers reach to the west, 

she arches over us,

rainbow mother of night and day.

Homework  (1.) Complete the Egypt Under the Pharaohs - Cognitive Content Dictionary and Authority Under the Pharaoh assignments, all of  which are due Friday, December 2(2.) Continue working on the Hatshepsut Notes assignment, which is due Friday, December 2.

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