Old Kingdom


Social Studies Middle School Old Kingdom
Students delve into history of ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom, when the growing nation became a truly great civilization. They begin by encountering the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. They proceed to examine the pyramids, which the pharaohs built as tombs and to honor the gods. Finally, students analyze the entire social structure of the kingdom.

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Overview

In this experience, students delve into history of ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom, when the growing nation became a truly great civilization. They begin by encountering the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. They proceed to examine the pyramids, which the pharaohs built as tombs and to honor the gods. Finally, students analyze the entire social structure of the kingdom.

The additional resource The Old Kingdom in the Student Pack is especially useful for facts about dynasties, important individual rulers, and chronological sequence of achievements. 

Students will work together in small groups in scene 3.

Objectives

  • Describe the social, political, and economic development in Egypt’s Old Kingdom.
  • Explain the role and practice of religion in ancient Egypt.


Ancient Egypt’s history is thousands of years long. This experience takes you into the Old Kingdom (c. 2650 B.C.E. to c. 2150 B.C.E.), the period when the kingdom by the Nile grew to be one of the greatest civilizations Earth has seen.

Objectives

  • Describe the social, political, and economic development in Egypt’s Old Kingdom.
  • Explain the role and practice of religion in ancient Egypt.




The Sky Goddess Nun Swallows the Sun to Create Night


To know a culture, one of the most important questions to answer is, “Who were their gods?” Let’s begin with a story about the ancient Egyptians’ gods and goddesses. Read The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Read the introductory page, then click the Story link to continue.


Write words or very brief phrases that describe ancient Egyptian religion, based on what you learned in the story. To write more than one response, separate them with a comma, like this: Mars, Jupiter

Post your answer

Possible responses include many gods, polytheism, fun, creation, myths, family of gods.


Now from the menu on the left, click Explore. You’ll find a gallery of picture icons, just like the pictures of avatars in a video game. Click a few to learn more about the ancient Egyptian gods. Some of the most well-known are Amun, Atum, Aten, Anubis, Re, Osiris, Iris, Ra, and Thoth. (You don’t have to memorize them!) 


Imagine there’s a video game in which the Egyptian gods and goddesses are the main characters. Which two gods or goddesses would you most like to play as? Why?

Post your answer

If you have some knowledge of video games, you might want to provide your own answer for the class. However, avoid letting the conversation digress into discussion of commercial games.


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