The mere mention of ancient Egypt evokes memories of pharaohs and mummies, pyramids and tombs! Why does this secretive civilization, pre-occupied with order and the after-life and which endured for 3000 years, continue to fascinate? What factors enabled their civilization to endure?
The following activity pages include background information for the teacher as well as ideas for teaching and assessing student learning. Most of the drawings and quotes that develop these activities are based on primary sources. It is through the eyes of ancient artists and writers that students can begin to understand why ancient Egypt was a great civilization, how the ancient Egyptians viewed their world and what things they valued. Such insights can help them better realize that the needs, desires and hopes of past peoples were not so different from their lives today.