You’ll really enjoy this camp next year. The forest is mossy and velvety and the activities are full of adventure. There’s even one called the “possum glider” where you put on a harness and, with the help of your classmates, are lifted into the air, there to glide magically like a flying creature (or a gliding possum, in any case).
Today, however, you can spend some time on your assignment and do some extra work on ancient Egypt by attempting the quiz below. Don’t forget that there are explanations of each answer, so you can learn quite a bit by reading these carefully.
I’ll be back tomorrow. I hope your subs and your class captains are treating you kindly and that you are treating them kindly.
“Egypt is the gift of the Nile.” (Herodotus)
Another photo from the magical lens of John Bayley
Thanks for all your interesting comments, 7E. Here’s a little introductory quiz on ancient Egypt.
After you have done this quiz, read the websites below it about farming and the importance of the Nile and the life of farmers in ancient Eypgt. Armed with this knowledge, start writing your assignment.
Click on these links to discover more about the Nile River and its importance to ancient Egypt.
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:
For a detailed account of how the ancient Egyptians made beer and bread, go to:
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Goutami’s Emit PowerPoint: emit-egypt-pp
Thanks very much for your friendly comments and suggestions, 7F. We teachers were talking about you at the Swimming Sports yesterday and even a teacher who had taken you for an extra, Ms Willshire, commented on how lovely you were. At the moment she teaches only Year 12 Maths (it makes me shiver to think of it) and you made her miss having Year 7 classes.
I started to create a little multiple choice quiz for you to teach you more about Ancient Egypt, but when I’d only written three questions the website froze…Later I went back and added five more. There are many comments on each question that will give you inside information on ancient Egypt.
Here is a little more information:
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Yes, I know, girls, ancient Egypt seems dreadfully patriarchal, but all the books suggest that women in ancient Egypt actually had more rights and freedoms than other ancient societies. For instance, they could own lands and businesses, speak in court, launch legal actions against men, breastfeed in public (some modern western societies frown on this) and retain custody of their children in a divorce. The man was still the head of the house, of course, and most of the Pharaohs were men. Check out these sites for more information:
Rights of Egyptian women:
Egyptian women’s rights compared to ancient Greeks: http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/womneg.htm
Sources suggest that peasant farmers made up about 80% of Egypt’s population. The most likely way to raise one’s status was through learning to write, but this would not have been easy for many peasant farmers to do. They had many other onerous tasks and they paid a very substantial proportion of their grain in tax – some sources suggest over half.
Life of peasants:
Use your 21st century mind on this Stone Age Quiz. Click on the caveman below:
One of the changes in the New Stone Age was the domestication of animals. Go to this site for a timeline of animal domestication.
List the first six animals to be domesticated and the approximate date. Then click on your favourite to find out the evidence about when, how and why they were domesticated by humans.
These were some of the earliest domesticated animals. The ones in these photos are more modern breeds than the Stone Age ones! (Photos taken by my sister Barb and used with her permission)
Plants were also domesticated. This means that humans bred the plants for the qualities they most wanted in them. Plants with larger wheat grains were chosen just as goats were chosen for smaller horns. Gradually the domesticated population varied significantly from the wild one.
Write down four of the important crops and the approximate date of domestication.
Now go back to the time before homo sapiens were the only human beings on the planet. Have a look at each link below to view some fascinating speculations about Neanderthals:
Their brains were 20% bigger than ours, they were better adapted to the cold and they could probably talk. So why did they die out? Look at this site (BBC Science and Nature) which tackles this question.
Of course, many of these ideas are theory rather than fact.
Don’t forget that if you find a fascinating site or interesting piece of information you can leave a comment with the details to inspire and interest others.