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- Mark Cartwright
This informational text explores the various tiers of ancient Greek society, and how class, age, and gender affected people’s daily lives in this classical civilization.Pair “Greek Society” with “Egyptian Social Structure” and ask students to compare the social structures of these two ancient civilizations. How do they differ or resemble each other? Was it easier in Greek or Egyptian society to change one’s status?
Ancient Egyptian Dynasties
This text details how the pharaohs of ancient Egypt overcame numerous obstacles to unify Egypt into one empire.Pair “Ancient Egyptian Dynasties: Ruling the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms” with “Egyptian Social Structure” and ask students to further discuss the pharaoh and elite classes. How did the dynasties of Egypt shape the history of this ancient civilization? How did they maintain this power?
“Egyptian Mummies” discusses the process a deceased Egyptian noble goes through to be prepared for the afterlife.Pair “Egyptian Social Structure” with “Egyptian Mummies” to provide student with additional information regarding ancient Egypt. Which social classes discussed in “Egyptian Social Structure” would mostly likely be mummified? Why do you think some people were chosen over others to be mummified?
In “Egypt’s Pyramids,” this informational text explores the motives behind the construction of the ancient Egyptian pyramids, both for religious reasons and for glorification of their pharaohs.Pair “Egyptian Social Structure” with “Egypt’s Pyramids” and ask students to discuss Egyptian society. Did the gods influence everyone in all of their daily activities? Or just a select few?
Indus Valley Mysteries
In “Indus Valley Mysteries,” this informational text explores the advanced and peaceful ancient civilizations found in the Indus River Valley.Pair “Egyptian Social Structure” with “Indus Valley Mysteries” and ask students to compare what life was like in Egypt and the Indus Valley, based on what we know. Would they consider one society more normal or more equal than the other? Which would they rather live in?
Developing Civilization in Ancient Egypt
This article explains how ancient Egyptians developed a complex civilization that would last for thousands of years.Pair “Developing Civilization in Ancient Egypt” with “Egyptian Social Structure” and ask students to discuss how the foundations of Egyptian civilization may have contributed to Egypt’s social structure. How do specialized workers, government officials, and farmers factor into the development of civilization, and were they respected for their contributions in the overall social structure of society?