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Ancient Egyptian DynastiesUSHistory.org
This text details how the pharaohs of ancient Egypt overcame numerous obstacles to unify Egypt into one empire.Pair “Ancient Egyptian Dynasties” with “Indus Valley Mysteries” and ask students to discuss the achievements of ancient Egypt and the ancient Indus Valley. What were the advantages and disadvantages of these so-called achievements? What caused the decline of these societies?
Egyptian Social StructureUSHistory.org
In "Egyptian Social Structure," the social structure of ancient Egyptian civilization is explored: from the gods and the godlike pharaoh on top to peasants and slaves on the bottom.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?
This informational text describes the terrible tragedy of Pompeii in 79 A.D., when the Roman town was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. It details life in the town before the eruption and how volcanic ash has preserved the town for modern day archaeologists to explore.Pair “Pompeii” with “Indus Valley Mysteries” and ask students to discuss how archaeology teaches people today about ancient societies. What lessons can we learn not only about those societies, but about people and ourselves in reading these texts?