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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” with “Egypt’s Pyramids” and ask students to discuss the power and influence the Egyptian pharaohs had over their civilization. How did the people view their pharaoh? How did the ancient Egyptian dynasties shape their societies and landscape? What legacies did both the dynasties and the monuments leave behind?
Egyptian Social Structure
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 “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?
“Egyptian Mummies” discusses the process a deceased Egyptian noble goes through to be prepared for the afterlife.Pair “Egyptian Mummies” with “Egypt’s Pyramids” and ask students to more deeply explore the ancient Egyptians’ views on the afterlife. How did mummification and the process of building pyramids combine to help us better understand the views and values of the Egyptians?
The Inca: Engineering an Empire
The informational text “The Inca: Engineering an Empire” explores the impressive expansion of the Inca Empire and its eventual collapse at the hands of Spanish conquerors.Pair “Egypt’s Pyramids” with “The Inca: Engineering an Empire” and ask students to compare the architectural accomplishments of these two civilizations. How did the impressive buildings produced by these civilizations contribute to their societies? Why and how were they constructed?
Welcome to the Underworld
- Michael A. Signal
In Michael A. Signal’s “Welcome to the Underworld,” Hermes, the messenger of the gods, takes readers on a tour of the Underworld.Pair “Egypt’s Pyramids” with “Welcome to the Underworld” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore different versions of an afterlife. In ancient Egyptian culture, how was it determined how the dead would spend their afterlife? How does this compare to what happens to souls in the afterlife in Greek mythology? Why do students think that people from both cultures were so interested in the afterlife?