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Students will conduct research on the large number of engineering, scientific, architectural and artistic contributions of the ancient Egyptians. They will share their findings by producing a TV news broadcast presentation.

Grade Level: Upper Elementary

Time Allotment:

  • 3 class periods +: (one to introduce the lesson and start research, one to complete research and allow work/writing time, and one to present news broadcasts)

  • Extra class periods for students to experiment with software for producing their newspaper articles.

    Subject Matter: Social Studies, Art History

    Learning Objectives

    Students will be able to:

  • be able to identify 8-10 engineering, scientific, architectural contributions and achievements of the ancient and modern day Egyptians by viewing the "news broadcasts" of classmates

  • work with a partner to research a particular contribution of the ancient Egyptians using the internet and traditional methods, and write a newspaper article

  • produce a 1-2 minute oral and visual presentation in a news report style/format.


    From Content Knowledge: Compendium of Standards for K-12 by Kendall and Marzano.

    World History Standard: 3. Level II: Elementary (Grades 5-6). Level III: Middle School/Jr. High (Grades 7-8). Level IV: High School (Grades 9-12). Understands the major characteristics of civilization and the development of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley World History Standard: 7. Level II: Elementary (Grades 5-6). Level III: Middle School/Jr. High (Grades 7-8). Level IV: High School (Grades 9-12). Understands technological and cultural innovation and change from 1000 to 600 BCE.

    World History Standards. Understands the biological and cultural processes that shaped the earliest human communities. Understands the processes that contributed to the emergence of agricultural societies around the world.

    Language Arts Standard: 7. Level I: Primary (Grades K-2). Level II: Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5). Level III: Middle School/Jr. High (Grades 6-8). Level IV: High School (Grades 9-12). Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies for reading a variety of informational texts.

    Language Arts Standard: 8. Listening and Speaking. Level II: Grades 3-5. Level III: Grades 6-8. Level IV: Grades 9-12. Prepares and makes formal presentations to the class.

    Language Arts Standard 4. Gathers and uses information for research purposes.

    This lesson was prepared by Terra Fretwell.