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
Welcome back from camp, 7B. Hope you’ve dried out!
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!
…there is no country that possesses so many wonders…
Egypt has a great fascination for historians.
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.
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.
I’ve just written your test.
♦First of all, you’ll need to write some definitions. ALL the definitions are words from the quizlet below, but I’m not telling you which ones.
Well, I don’t want it to be too easy!
♦Then there are some matching exercises. You know, I give you 8 words and 8 definitions and ask you to match them up. Embarrassingly easy. Those words are also from the quizlet below.
♦You’ll also need to be able to define and give an example of a primary source and a secondary source.
♦There are a few questions I’m not going to reveal to you, but I advise you to do the Stone Age Quiz a couple of times and, most important of all, to read my little remarks after you’ve answered the questions. That should help you. (That quiz is in the right-hand sidebar, in case you need it.)
♦You’ll need to be able to say which century a specific date is attached to – for instance, you should be able to say that, since you were born in 1998, you were born in the 20th century. That can be a tiny bit tricky. Revise it in your textbook.
♦The other task you will have to do is put a number of dates into chronological order – from the longest ago to the most recent. A cinch!
Now that you’ve read this, you’ll know what to revise.
So what are you waiting for?
Kind regards from