ERIC Number: ED479062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-21
Reference Count: N/A
Egyptian Symbols and Figures. Hieroglyphs [and] Scroll Paintings. [Lesson Plan].
This lesson introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. Hieroglyphs consist of pictures of familiar objects that represent sounds and were used in ancient Egypt from about 3100 BC to 400 CE. In the first part of the lesson, the class creates a pictorial alphabet of its own and then learns and uses the symbols of the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet. In the second part of the lesson, students identify and represent in their own drawings figures from the Book of the Dead, a funereal text written on papyrus and carved on the walls of tombs to help guide the deceased through the afterlife. The lesson: provides an introduction; poses guiding questions; cites subject areas, time required, and skills developed; outlines in detail the two suggested activities for classroom implementation (Decipher the Hieroglyphs; and Make an Egyptian Painting); suggests additional activities for extending the lesson; lists selected Websites; and addresses standards alignment. (NKA)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Curriculum Enrichment, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Middle Eastern Studies, Non Western Civilization, Primary Education, Skill Development, Standards, Student Educational Objectives
For full text: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.asp.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A