Egypt's Golden Empire
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Egypt's Golden Empire takes students on a journey that spans over 500 years and examines all facets of life in ancient Egypt.

These lesson plans and the accompanying video clips (Requires free Real Player) are designed to showcase some of the most intriguing and historically significant people, places, and events from the film and Egyptian history.

Using interactive features such as "Virtual Egypt", "Hieroglyphics" and "A Day in the Life", students will study a wide variety of subjects, including World History, Geography, Science, Art, and Religion.

Lesson Plan 1: Hieroglyphs and Communication
The focus of this lesson is on the use of hieroglyphs as a form of communication, record keeping, and a means for preserving and passing down history.

Lesson Plan 2: Tombs and the Afterlife
The lesson focuses on the concept of the afterlife and the importance of pleasing the gods and goddesses, the significance of tombs and tomb building, and the burial customs and traditions of the ancient Egyptians.

Lesson Plan 3: The Queens of Ancient Egypt
Students will focus on learning about some of ancient Egypt's great queens like Nefertiti, Tiy, and Nefertari in this lesson. They will learn about what made these women powerful as well as how they impacted and influenced the lives of the common people by being held in such high regard by their husbands, the pharaohs.

Lesson Plan 4: Egypt's Greatest Leaders
Learning about seven of Egypt's most famous pharaohs will be the focus of this lesson. Students will also discuss leadership styles and draw conclusions about how leadership style contributed or detracted from the success of each of these pharaohs.

Egypt Lesson Plan 5: Architectural Marvels
This lesson gives students the opportunity to study pyramids, temples, and obelisks, all architectural marvels, even today. Students will learn about the purposes these structures served in Egyptian culture as well as how they were constructed and what we have learned from studying them.

Egypt Lesson Plan 6: A Day in the Life of an Egyptian
The focus of this lesson is to teach students about the daily lives of ancient Egyptians from every social class. Life varied dramatically for people based upon where they were in the social order, and students will examine how people from all walks of life lived.

Egypt Lesson Plan 7: Touring Ancient Egypt
Geographic features and the abundance of natural resources that helped ancient Egypt become the world's first superpower will be the focus of this lesson.

Egypt Lesson Plan 8: The Science and Technology of Ancient Egypt
In this lesson, students will learn about many of the key scientific and technological contributions made by the ancient Egyptians.

For 3,500 lesson plans and activities visit PBS TeacherSource

About the Author:

Lisa Prososki is an independent educational consultant who taught middle school and high school English, social studies, reading, and technology courses for 12 years. In addition to conducting workshops for teachers at various state and national meetings, Prososki also works with many corporate clients creating training programs and materials, facilitating leadership and operations workshops, and providing instructional support for new program rollouts. Prososki has authored one book and also serves as an editor for other writers of instructional materials.

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National Standards

- Lesson 1:
  Hieroglyphs and   Communication

- Lesson 2:
  Tombs and the Afterlife

- Lesson 3:
  The Queens of Ancient Egypt

- Lesson 4:
  Egypt's Greatest Leaders

- Lesson 5:
  Architectural Marvels

- Lesson 6:
  A Day in the Life of an   Egyptian

- Lesson 7:
  Touring Ancient Egypt

- Lesson 8:
  The Science and Technology
  of Ancient Egypt

Egypt's Golden Empire