Some revision of the past, a game and a quiz

Cruelty to children in the state education system...

Dear 7B,
At some stage in their lives, all students are cruelly confined in a darkened room and forced to write almost non-stop for 48 minutes, without recourse to books, without help from their teacher and without any electronic gadgets to aid them.

Requests for toilet visits, drinks and any kind of nutrition are denied them.

While they work like slaves for a harsh taskmaster (or mistress), they are watched by a woman of uncertain age and intimidating appearance, who wanders around the room, admonishing them and urging them on. Sometimes her encouragement is almost harder to bear than the ordeal itself.

This gruesome test of courage and perseverance is called a test. Tests give high school teachers a little score to write in their markbooks and show to parents on parent-teacher night. Tests are a bitter reminder that education is not just about learning but also about getting little numbers allotted to your name on the roll.

The week after next you will be completing one of these daunting tasks. That’s why I’m giving you a couple of friendly little revision tasks to do, as well as a link to a BBC game on mummification.

The games will be fun. But don’t forget, the test will be horrid, unless you use the games to ace the test, keep that mean old woman happy and show the Education Department, once and for all, what you’re made of. Play hard. Try to remember everything. Good luck.

Kind regards from Ms Green

 

Next, a little quiz on ancient Egypt.

Lastly, you can visit the wonderful BBC website and play Mummy Maker. In this game, you can learn by making mistakes as well as by not making them. I love games like that.
Mummy Maker Game

The flow of history – from the Stone Age to ancient Egypt

Click on this link to complete a multiple choice quiz on the Stone Age. Some of the answers will be easier if you paid close attention to the video, “Stories from the Stone Age”. Good luck!

Stone Age Quiz Link

 

 

…there is no country that possesses so many wonders…

Herodotus

This picture of modern Egypt with its ancient wonders was kindly provided by Mrs McQueen in the library. She has more exciting holidays than I do, though I must admit, I have climbed those ancient stones myself. There's a photo below, in which I look uncomfortably hot. That was back in 1987.

This picture of modern Egypt with its ancient wonders was kindly provided by Mrs McQueen in the library. She has more exciting holidays than I do, though I must admit, I have climbed those ancient stones myself.

Egypt has a great fascination for historians. 

Remember, I'm a god. Even though I suffer from abscesses on my teeth and other mortal problems.

Remember, I'm a god - even though I suffer from abscesses on my teeth and other mortal problems.

Herodotus, a man from ancient Athens who is often dubbed the “father of history”, found the culture of the Egyptians strange as well as fascinating. You may feel the same as you wander the desert sands, sail across the Nile and show your embalming skills on our class mummy. I hope so.

♦Read up on the process of mummification

Play the Mummy Maker Game at the BBC website by clicking here

Read about the power of the Pharaohs here

View the treasures of Tutankhamen here

Another Resource for Studying Ancient Egypt

The World Book Online is a brilliant resource, which you can even access from outside through the intranet or this blog. You will need the username (bhhs) and password (worldbook) to use it, however.

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The flow of history: the gift of the Nile

…there is no country that possesses so many wonders…

Herodotus

This picture of modern Egypt with its ancient wonders was kindly provided by Mrs McQueen in the library. She has more exciting holidays than I do, though I must admit, I have climbed those ancient stones myself. There's a photo below, in which I look uncomfortably hot. That was back in 1987.

This picture of modern Egypt with its ancient wonders was kindly provided by Mrs McQueen in the library. She has more exciting holidays than I do, though I must admit, I have climbed those ancient stones myself. There's a photo below, in which I look uncomfortably hot. That was taken back in 1987. Since then I've become cool...

Egypt has a great fascination for historians. In fact, the study of ancient Egypt has its own “-ology”. In today’s class you will be doing some reading and activities to induct you into the world of the Egyptologist. Then, you’ll be concocting an adventure in ancient Egypt, in the role of a small impulsive alien, whose name is Emit Repoons. He gave my blog its name and there’s an explanation of his identity on this page.

But back to Egypt. The study of this long-lived and intriguing civilisation has been around for a long time. Herodotus, the man who has been dubbed the “father of history” by some, visited ancient Egypt in the mid 5th century BC; by that time, the civilisation had already been in existence for thousands of years. Nevertheless, the knowledge of how to read hieroglyphs was lost a few hundred years later, and for at least one and a half thousand years no one was able to decipher all those beautiful pictorial symbols. Then a man called Jean-Francois Champollion broke the code. His stroke of genius meant that thousands of primary sources could suddenly be read. It was a huge boost for Egyptology and the study of history.

Remember, I'm a god. Even though I suffer from abscesses on my teeth and other mortal problems.

Remember, I'm a god - even though I suffer from abscesses on my teeth and other mortal problems.

I’m saving Champollion’s story, however, for another day. Today is strictly introductory. But keep in mind that in the 1800s and early 1900s there were huge numbers of historians and archaeologists trying to get the story of ancient Egypt down pat. Many were from England, which explains why many great Egyptian treasures may be seen in London in the British Museum, along with some Greek marbles. (There’s been great controversy over whether the British should give the Elgin marbles back – and countless other treasures of antiquity.)

One of the reasons Herodotus was interested in Egypt was that he found the culture of the Egyptians strange as well as fascinating. You may feel the same as you wander the desert sands, sail across the Nile and show your embalming skills on our class mummy. I hope so.

♦Read up on the process of mummification HERE, then

Play the Mummy Maker Game at the BBC website by clicking here

Read about the power of the Pharaohs here

View the treasures of Tutankhamen here

Convert your name to hieroglyphs here

Ros sitting on the Great Pyramid, 1987 Ros in Egypt 1987

↑I went to Egypt in 1987. It was hot, fascinating and hot!

Resources for Studying Ancient Egypt

The School Library has now bought the World Book Online. This is a brilliant resource, which you can even access from outside through the intranet or this blog. You will need the username (bhhs) and password (worldbook) to use it, however. Ask Ms Green or Mrs McQueen to give it to you so that you can use the link below:

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Here are some more websites to whet your curiosity about this ancient civilisation:

♥Click on these links to find out more about the Nile River:

http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/river-nile-facts.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/nile_01.shtml (for serious readers only!)

♥Click on these links to discover details of the lives of peasant farmers:

http://www.egyptologyonline.com/Work%20&%20Trade.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1624_story_of_africa/page89.shtml (This site explains that it was peasant farmers rather than slaves who were responsible for the great monuments of ancient Egypt.)

♥The British Museum provides a timeline of ancient Egyptian history at this link:

http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/time/explore/main.html

♥For a detailed account of how the ancient Egyptians made beer and bread, go to:

http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/egypt/dailylife/breadmaking.htm

♥To read about Hatshepsut, a rare woman pharaoh, go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/hatshepsut_01.shtml

Activities on Ancient Egypt

As you play the Mummy Maker game, try to learn about all the steps of mummification. You may need some clues from Miuty the cat.

Don’t worry too much about making a mistake. You can learn from your mistakes, and you can always play the game again.

The game tells you what the ancient Egyptians believed that made them mummify bodies with such care and skill. Fill in the blanks below as you read.

Play the Mummy Maker Game at the BBC website by clicking here

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MUMMIFICATION BELIEFS

Copy this into a blank Word file and fill in the answers. Then paste it into your workbook. Don’t forget to save your work!

Fill in the blanks below:

The ancient Egyptians believed that after you died, your__travelled to the ______. You would be judged by _____, the Lord of the Underworld. Your ___ and ___ would be reunited if you were judged to have been a ____ person. Then you could live eternally in ______.But your soul had to be able to ______ your body, so the ______ had to look as it had looked when you were alive. That’s why they _______ people.

The person who did this skilful but messy job was called an _______. He had to remove _____ and _____, and wrap the body in such a way as to give it ______ protection.

Convert your name to hieroglyphs here

Worthy Emits and Llatiwonks

I can tell you’re reading about ancient Egypt in your spare time, 7F! Students keep asking me probing questions and making articulate and perceptive comments. Mummy pic onlyRos sitting on the Great Pyramid, 1987 Ros in Egypt 1987

I went to Egypt in 1987. It was hot, fascinating and hot!

 

Here are a few more sites to whet your curiosity:

 

Click on these links to find out more about the Nile River:

http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/river-nile-facts.htmlhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/nile_01.shtml (for serious readers only!)

 

Click on these links to discover details of the lives of peasant farmers:

http://www.egyptologyonline.com/Work%20&%20Trade.htmhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1624_story_of_africa/page89.shtml (This site explains that it was peasant farmers rather than slaves who were responsible for the great monuments of ancient Egypt.)

 

For a detailed account of how the ancient Egyptians made beer and bread, go to:

http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/egypt/dailylife/breadmaking.htm

 

To read about Hatshepsut, a rare woman pharaoh, go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/hatshepsut_01.shtml

 

Some activities you may already have done:

Play the Mummy Maker Game at the BBC website by clicking here 

Read about the power of the Pharaohs here

View the treasures of Tutankhamen here

Convert your name to hieroglyphs here

Emit Takes Off

 Emit – not just some random alien but an intrepid traveller and intergalactic archaeologist.

Emit small front shot copyEmit Repoons had never liked sitting around his office with his feet up. He was not content with a well-paid desk job and a company rocket. Even when he had just finished a successful mission, he found it hard to settle down at headquarters. No, he preferred the danger and uncertainty of his journeys. He loved gazing into other worlds and explaining their strange characteristics to his own kind.

Luckily, Ssob Etad Rekees was always prepared to listen. When Emit burst into her office one day and begged her to send him on a new mission, she had a mission chip ready. As she reached for it, she remarked, “I’ve saved this civilisation for you. It may be a difficult and perilous journey, but I know that will only strengthen your resolve. Good luck. And don’t forget to take Llatiwonk with you. She will be invaluable.”

 Emit sighed. True, Llatiwonk was brilliant. She was just the kind of companion he needed. Whenever he wanted to do something rash, she would gently present all the opposing arguments. She was far too rational for his liking. In Emit’s opinion, she’d had too much common sense programmed into her circuits. But of course Llatiwonk would go with him. It was unthinkable and it might even be dangerous to leave her behind.

From Ssob’s outstretched hand, Emit took the chip and inserted it into his trusty pocket pod. When he saw its contents, he knew he was in for an adventure.

Begin your adventure by looking at some of these sites on ancient Egypt…

Play the Mummy Maker Game at the BBC website by clicking here 

 

Read about the power of the Pharaohs here

View the treasures of Tutankhamen here

Convert your name to hieroglyphs here

  • Finally, keep in mind that Emit is keen, curious and questioning. He can be wild and rash, take risks and do crazy things in his search for knowledge. Llatiwonk, on the other hand, is rational, careful and thorough. Who do you think is more like you? Leave a comment with your answer. 

 

Off to Egypt

A Message from Emit We’re off! Llatiwonk made me do all the safety checks first. Yesterday she even forced me to learn some basic hieroglyphics. It’s not necessary when I have my language chip in my pocket pod, but she thought it would help me to get the feel of the new mission. “I have a knack for languages,” she said, “but even with your language chip you sometimes make the most dreadful mistakes.” Well, it is true, but I wish she wouldn’t remind me of it.

Time to do some advance reading. I refuse to let Llatiwonk tell me everything this time. I’m going to surprise her with my brilliance, my forethought, my sheer genius for archaeological delving…

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 Your Work for Today:

As you play the Mummy Maker game, try to learn about all the steps of mummification. You may need some clues from Miuty the cat.

 

Don’t worry too much about making a mistake. You can learn from your mistakes, and you can always play the game again.

 

The game tells you what the ancient Egyptians believed that made them mummify bodies with such care and skill. Fill in the blanks below as you read.

Mummy-Maker Game at the BBC Website    

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Copy this into a blank Word file and fill in the answers. Then paste it into your workbook. Don’t forget to save your work!

 

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MUMMIFICATION BELIEFS

 

Fill in the blanks below:

 

The ancient Egyptians believed that after you died, your __ travelled to the ______. You would be judged by _____, the Lord of the Underworld. Your ___ and ___ would be reunited if you were judged to have been a ____ person. Then you could live eternally in ______.

 

But your soul had to be able to ______ your body, so the ______ had to look as it had looked when you were alive. That’s why they _______ people.

 

The person who did this skilful but messy job was called an _______.  He had to remove _____ and _____, and wrap the body in such a way as to give it ______ protection.

 

Once you’ve finished this task, you are free to do some web research for your assignment. Don’t forget to list all your websites in a file so that you can give me a bibliography.

Kind regards from Ros.