8-10 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Students will discover and explore the history of Ancient Egypt. This lesson focuses on the impact of women in the Ancient Egyptian political system.
February 23, 2021
Egypt Toybox world
Minecraft: Education edition world file
Women in Power
A Day in the Life of an Ancient Egpytian
Egypt's Lost Queens
Egypt Toybox Video
Egypt toybox rubric
Standards alignment: MCREL Compendium of K-12 Standards
Standard 3: Understands the major characteristics of civilization and the development of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley.
Standard 5: Understand the political, social, and cultural consequences of population movements and militarization in Eurasia in the second millennium BCE.
Standard 1: Understands and knows how to analyze chronological relationships and patterns.
Standard 2: Understands the historical perspective.
Standard 1: Understands the characteristics and uses of maps, gloves, and other geographic tools and technologies.
Standard 2: Knows the location of places, geographic features, and patterns of the environment.
Standard 12: Understands the patterns of human settlement and their causes.
Standard 17: Understands how geography is used to interpret the past.
Common Core Writing Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Students enter a toybox of Ancient Egypt. If the sides could close, students could carry this toybox with them to build, craft, and play! The toybox contains all the elements students need to interact with this ancient culture and learn more about its geography, economy, governing structure, and culture. Through these five lessons, students will participate in both digital and physical activities to engage in rich learning experiences following the learning objectives and guiding questions. Egypt Toybox is structured and broken into five lessons over 3 weeks x 60 minutes per day.
Lesson 5 of 5 Guiding Question
Why are some of Egypt's Queens remembered throughout time?
Preparation and materials
Lesson 5 of 5
Students enter the Minecraft: Education Edition world and find the NPCs called Nailah, Khepri, and Berenike.
Nailah says, “Although Pharaohs were always men, their wives were often very powerful as well - and loved by their husbands or fathers, the kings. These Queens stand out in our history. Read about each one.”
Buttons on the NPC take students to the following sites:
Students explore these resources to begin to understand why the queens had so much power, and how they received such power. Encourage students to use text annotations while reading the text to highlight interesting details, note questions they may have, and mark new vocabulary words.
Return to the NPC Khepri, who says, "Your task is to choose one of these queens and design a tomb that will allow her people to properly remember her. Think of how the queen's husband, father, or son would have wanted her honored in death."
Button on the NPC takes students to a video: Egypt's Lost Queens, by Timeline World History, hosted on YouTube. It is a 1-hr video that can be broken up into segments as they learn about each queen (watched individually) or watched all at once as a class.
Return to NPC Berenike, who says, "Choose one of these amazing women. Write an autobiography from her point of view. Include information about her reign and her legacy. Build a monument to her as well."
Students select one queen to focus their work on. Students write a draft autobiography of the queen in the form of a letter that she is leaving behind to her subjects. In the letter she should explain her impact on the ancient people, what kind of power she had and how she came to be in power, and how she would like to be remembered.
Students use dictation software (e.g. Word, Word Online) to pretend they are one of the queens, narrating their autobiography to a "scribe." Students save their work to a cloud storage solution (Office 365) and generate a sharing link.
Students return to their Minecraft worlds. Each student should create a monument to the queen they selected inside the world and place a new NPC beside it. Students should title the NPC with the name of the queen and link the button on the NPC to the document they saved.
Students will need to turn on World Builder mode to place an NPC. Students should type chat command /wb to set World Builder to true.
If time allows, students should participate in a trade-and-read time to wrap up this lesson. Arrange student devices in groups by queen so that all students who wrote from the perspective of Hetepheres are together, all who wrote Nefertari are together, etc. Then students switch groups so that they are reading more details about a queen they did not study.
Students could create a class Minecraft museum of all of their queen monuments with links to their autobiography writing, in one world.
4 - Autobiography contains interesting details about the life of the queen, how she came to power, what impact her reign had on the ancient world, and what she believes to be her legacy. First person narration is used throughout.
3 - Autobiography contains many details about the life of the queen, how she came to power, what she did during her reign, and her legacy. Written mostly in first person narrative.
2 - Autobiography contains some details about the life of the queen and how she wishes to be remembered. Written consistently in first or third person format.
1 - Autobiography needs more details about the life of the queen and her legacy. This piece needs to be written in a consistent voice.
4 - Monument shows more than three details specific to the life of the particular queen. NPC is properly named and gives interesting information.
3 - Monument shows two or three details specific to the life of the particular queen. NPC is named and includes dialogue.
2 - Monument shows one or two details that are indicative of a queen of Egypt. NPC is named.
1 - Monument is not specific to a queen of Egypt. NPC is missing a name.
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