Ancient Egypt Research Project

Requirements:

  • Your paper must be at least 3 pages, not including your works cited page and a title page.
  • Your paper will have a title page with the topic and your full heading centered on it in the middle of the page.
  • You may only use Times Roman font, in 12 point size. 
  • Your paper must be double spaced
  • You must use at least 5 different sources, including at least one of each of the following types of sources:
    • a reference source (such as an encyclopedia),
    • a book or magazine (in print) from the library,
    • a website (using the links on the left hand side of the page)
  • You will take notes on an outline that has been prepared for you.  You will turn this outline in once you've completed your note taking and it will count as 20% of your grade.
  • You will keep track of which sources you use as you take notes on your outline page, and you will cite them (give credit to them) within your research paper by using a simple form of citations.
  • You will write a rough draft that will count as 20% of your grade. 
  • You must cite your works within your paper, giving credit to where the information came from.
  • You will create a bibliography (a works cited page) using an online tool called NoodleBib that will make it very easy for you to do it correctly.
  • You must completely answer the questions listed after your topic.
  • You may not use internet sites that are not listed on this page--you will not spend time doing random searches!  You may use sites that are linked to the pages listed here.
  • You will learn about how to avoid PLAGIARISM, and you WILL NOT PLAGIARIZE in your paper!  Those who plagiarize will receive a zero on their paper!

Make sure you:

  1. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! 
  2. Thoroughly answer the questions in your outline.
  3. Use the sources you cite in your works cited page.  There is not point in listing the source if you don't use information from it in your paper.
  4. You either need to use your own words or use quotation marks.  We can tell when you copy word for word!
  5. No first person in a formal paper (I, we, us)
  6. CITE SOURCES!  They must use the MLA format (author, page) to tell the reader where the info came from.  (for this reason, I think we need to run through the MLA presentation with them again). 
  7. No extra lines between paragraphs or at the top or bottom. 
  8. Margins should be 1" at each side (do not extend your margins to take up space)
  9. No title/heading on the pages of text.  That goes on cover sheet
  10. Website citations:  use either the author's name or the title of the website, not the URL.
  11. Correct everything that is marked on the rough draft!!
  12. Don't use contractions (wouldn't, can't, etc.) in a formal paper.

Grading--You will receive grades for the following in this class:

  1. Citation Worksheet using Presentation on Citation(10%)
  2. Outline of Paper with Notes and Citations (20%)
  3. Rough Draft of Paper (20%)
  4. Final Copy (50% of grade):
  • 10 points for works cited page (using correct format, using NoodleBib).
  • 10 points for giving credit to sources within your paper, making sure to use proper citation format.
  • 5 points for title page (topic and heading centered on middle of page).
  • 10 points for required number of sources, using at least one of each type of source.
  • 45 points for thoroughly reporting on your topic, making sure you've answered all questions listed after your topic.
  • 10 points for using correct font, font size, and spacing. 
  • 10 points for correct spelling and grammar.

Schedule of Activities and Due Dates

Day 1:

Day 2:

  • Library Passport Activity
  • Learn how to create an account, sign in, and use NoodleBib

Day 3:

  • Find at least two of the following types of sources that have information about your topic: book, encyclopedia article.  Be sure to enter the bibliographic information for each source into NoodleBib!
  • Take notes from book, encyclopedia article, periodical onto your outline page.
  • All notes must have CITATIONS, indicating where you got your info from (author, p. #)
  • NOTES TURNED IN AT END OF PERIOD--will be checked

Day 4:

  • Explore each website listed under your topic on this page, taking notes as you find information and facts. 
  • OUTLINE DUE AT END OF PERIOD--WILL BE GRADED--COUNTS AS 20% of YOUR FINAL GRADE!!

Day 5:

  • Finish works cited page in NoodleBib and print.
  • WORKS CITED PAGE DUE AT END OF PERIOD!
  • Add to notes on graded outline in places where Mr. Soule says you need more info.
  • Begin re-organizing notes where indicated

Day 6:

  • Begin typing rough draft
  • ROUGH DRAFT DUE BY END OF PERIOD!

Day 7:

  • Corrected rough drafts passed back. 
  • Begin preparing final draft, making all changes marked on rough drafts.

Day 8:

  • Finish final drafts. The final draft counts as 50% of your grade!!!

How to research your topic:

  1. You will be assigned one of the topics listed below.  Your responsibility is to thoroughly research and report on the topic.
  2. Begin by finding at least two of the following: a book, periodical article, or an encyclopedia article that have information about your topic. 
  3. Then use the links listed after your topic to conduct the rest of your research.  You can also use any of the on-line encyclopedias such as http://encarta.msn.com/ to start your research on-line. Only three of your five sources may be internet sources.
  4. As you find sources, enter the bibliographic information in NoodleBib!
  5. Remember to take notes on your outline page as you do your research, and be sure to cite where you get your information on your outline using citation (author, page #).  Thoroughly taking notes on your outline page counts as 20% of your grade for this class!
Topics:

1.  Queen Hatshepsut

Introductory Paragraph:  Explain to your reader that rulers in ancient Egypt were called pharaohs and that most of them were men.  Tell your reader that Queen Hatshepsut was the most famous female pharaoh.  When did she rule (dates)?

Body Paragraph #1:  How did she become a pharaoh?

Body Paragraphs #2-5:  What things did Hatshepsut, the most famous female pharaoh, achieve?

       #2:  Wars and warfare

       #3:  Expeditions to faraway lands (what materials did she trade for?) 

       #4:  Temple she built

       #5:  Obelisks she built

Body Paragraph #6:  What happened to her after her death?  (what did her step-son do?)

Body Paragraph #7:  Tell your reader anything else interesting that you found about Hatshepsut.  For example, why is she often pictured with a fake beard on her chin?

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize the accomplishments of Queen Hatshepsut.  Express your opinion as to how great she was as a ruler.

2.  Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

Introductory Paragraph:  Tell your reader that religion in ancient Egypt was very important.  Tell your reader that Egyptians were “polytheistic” and explain what that means. 

Body Paragraph #1:  What different types of gods and goddesses did the ancient Egyptians have?  Why did they believe that it was important to worship them and “keep them happy?” 

Body Paragraph #2:  Describe the Sun God.   Why was he considered to be the most important Egyptian god?  What was his name?  How was he pictured?

Body Paragraphs #3 & #4:  Describe at least two other Egyptian gods or goddesses and why there were important. 

Body Paragraph #5:  Where did the Pharaoh fit into their beliefs about gods and goddesses? 

Body Paragraph #6:  How did they worship their gods and goddesses?  What were their temples like?

Body Paragraph #7:  Tell your reader anything else that you think is interesting about ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. 

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize why gods and goddesses were important in ancient Egypt. 

3.  The Nile River:  Why was the Nile River important to life in ancient Egypt?

Introductory Paragraph:  Where is the Nile River?  Where does it start?  Into what body of water does it flow?  How long is it?  Tell your reader that the first settlements in ancient Egypt were along the Nile River. 

Body Paragraph #1:  In what direction does the Nile flow?  How has this contributed to how people describe different parts of Egypt?  (upper Egypt, lower Egypt)

Body Paragraph #2:  Discuss the two different types of land in Egypt (red land, black land).  Explain how the location of the Nile defines each of these areas.

Body Paragraphs #3 & #4:  Why was the Nile important to farming in ancient Egypt?  What happened each spring that was important?  What was this called?  What did it leave behind?  Why would farming not have been possible in Egypt without the Nile?

Body Paragraph #5:  How was the Nile important to transportation and trade?

Body Paragraph #6:  How else was the Nile useful to the ancient Egyptians?  (fishing, religion)

Body Paragraph #7:  Tell your reader anything else that you found interesting about the Nile River.

Concluding paragraph:  Summarize why the Nile was important to life in Ancient Egypt. 

4.  Egyptian Writing: 

Introductory Paragraph:  Tell your reader that much of what we know about ancient Egypt is due to the fact that they recorded much of their history and daily life in writing.  

Body Paragraph #1:  How did the ancient Egyptians write?  (mention hieroglyphics and also mention other scripts that they used)

Body Paragraph #2:  Explain how hieroglyphics worked (some stood for words, others for sounds, what is a cartouche, in what direction are they read—right to left?  Left to right?  Top to bottom?)

Body Paragraph #3:  What did they write on?  On what different types of surfaces and places have we found hieroglyphics? 

Body Paragraph #4:  How did they make papyrus?  Did they have books or scrolls? 

Body Paragraph #5:  Who did the writing in ancient Egypt?  Who were the scribes?

Body Paragraphs #6 & #7:  How did we learn how to read their writing?  Explain how the Rosetta Stone was discovered and how it was used to read hieroglyphics.   

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize what you’ve told your reader about ancient Egyptian writing and why it is important that they had a method of writing.

5.  Egyptian Tombs

Introductory Paragraph:  Tell your reader that burial was very important to the Egyptians.  Explain why it was important (what were their religious beliefs).  Give a preview of what they will learn by summarizing the following paragraphs.

Body Paragraph #1:  The Egyptians had three different types of tombs in which they were buried.   In this paragraph, describe one of them:  Mastabas

Body Paragraph #2:  The Egyptians had three different types of tombs in which they were buried.   In this paragraph, describe one of them:  Pyramids

Body Paragraph #3:  The Egyptians had three different types of tombs in which they were buried.   In this paragraph, describe one of them:  Rock-Cut Tombs

Body Paragraph #4:  How were the walls of tombs decorated?  Describe the decorations.

Body Paragraph #5 What objects would a person find in an ancient Egyptian tomb?  Why did a buried person need these objects?

Body Paragraph #6:  What did Carter find in King Tut's tomb?  Why were these objects still there after all this time?  

Body Paragraph #7:  Tell your reader anything else that you found to be interesting about ancient Egyptian tombs.

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize what kinds of tombs they had, what was in them, and why tombs were important to the ancient Egyptians.  

6.  Pyramids

Introductory Paragraph:  What is a pyramid?  How many pyramids are there in Egypt?  When did they build them?

Body Paragraph #1:  Why did the Egyptians build pyramids? 

Body Paragraph #2:  Explain the different between a smooth sided pyramid and a stepped pyramid.  What do the steps probably symbolize?

Body Paragraph #3:  What are they made of?  Where did the materials for them come from?  How it was possible for the Egyptians to move the large stones without modern technology?

Body Paragraph #4:  How did the Egyptians build pyramids?  What kinds of tools did they use?

Body Paragraph #5:  Who built the pyramids?

Body Paragraph #6:  What was inside a pyramid?  Describe the different rooms and passages.

Body Paragraph #7:  Tell your reader anything else you found that was interesting about pyramids.  For example, where are the most famous pyramids in Egypt?  How big is the largest one?

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize the most important points that you’ve told your reader about pyramids.

7.  Mummies

Introductory paragraph:  How did the Egyptians get started making mummies?

Body Paragraph #1:  Why were mummies so important to the ancient Egyptians?  Why was it so important to preserve a person’s body after they died?

Body Paragraph #2:  How did they prepare a body to be mummified?  What were the first steps to mummification?  (Embalming—describe the process)

Body Paragraph #3:  What did they do with the body’s organs?  What did they do with the heart?  Why?

Body Paragraph #4:  What did they do next to a body to make it into a mummy?  (Wrapping—describe the process)

Body Paragraph #5:  What did they do with the body after it was a mummy?

Body Paragraph #6:  What happened to the royal mummies? 

Body Paragraph #7:  Tell your reader anything else you found interesting about mummies.  For example, what are some of the most famous mummies?  How were they discovered?  How have we studied them?  How did making mummies help the Egyptians to understand how to help live people with medical problems?

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize what you’ve already told your reader about Egyptian mummies.

8.  Games and Sports

Introductory Paragraph:  Tell your reader that ancient Egyptians played games and sports in their free time, just like we do today.  How do we know about the pastimes, games and sports of ancient Egypt?

Body Paragraph #1:  The game of Senet—explain how Egyptians played this game.

Body Paragraph #2:  The Dogs and Jackals Game (or a different board game)—explain how Egyptians played this game.

Body Paragraph #3:  Hunting & Fishing:  discuss how hunting and fishing were a major pastimes in ancient Egypt, and give examples of animals they hunted.  Tell your reader HOW they hunted these animals (guns?  Spears?)

Body Paragraph #4:  Discuss one sport and how it was played in this paragraph.

Body Paragraph #5:  Discuss another sport and how it was played in this paragraph. 

Body Paragraph #6:  Discuss another sport and how it was played in this paragraph. 

Body Paragraph #7:  Use this paragraph to tell your reader anything else you want them to know about ancient Egyptian pastimes (could be another sport, or you could summarize other things that they did that you haven’t yet mentioned).

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize what you’ve told your reader in your paper, and point out what similarities there are between the sports and games of Egypt and those that we play today.

9.  The Sphinx: 

Introductory Paragraph:  What is a sphinx?  Where is the Great Sphinx? 

Body Paragraph #1:  There are many sphinxes.  What is so great about the Great Sphinx?  How big is it? 

Body Paragraph #2:  When and how was it built?  What is it made of?  Which direction does it face? 

Body Paragraph #3:  Why was it built?  Whose face is probably portrayed on the Sphinx?

Body Paragraph #4:  What does the stele describe? 

Body Paragraph #5:  In what ways would it have looked different in ancient times than it does today? 

Body Paragraph #6:  What is being done to preserve it? 

Body Paragraph #7:  Use this paragraph to tell your reader anything else about the sphinx that you found interesting.

Conclusion Paragraph:  Summarize why the Great Sphinx is so GREAT!

10.  Obelisks

Introductory Paragraph:  What are obelisks?  Describe what they look like.  Explain that the Egyptians were the first civilization to build them.

Body Paragraph #1:  Why did the Egyptians build obelisks? 

Body Paragraph #2:  What did the carvings on the obelisk mean?

Body Paragraph #3:  How did the Egyptians build obelisks?  What were they made of?  How big were they?  How much did they weigh?

Body Paragraph #4:  How did they manage to move the large stones to make obelisks?  How did they stand them up? 

Body Paragraph #5:  Where are the ancient Egyptian obelisks located? 

Body Paragraph #6:  What monuments in the United States are modeled after the ancient Egyptian obelisk? 

Body Paragraph #7:  Use this paragraph to tell your reader anything else about obelisks that you found interesting.

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize what is important about obelisks.

11.  Everyday life of Ancient Egyptians:  

Introductory Paragraph:  Tell your reader (give “a preview”) what he or she is going to learn about everyday life in Ancient Egypt.  Explain that although ancient Egyptians lived more than 3000 years ago, there are many similarities in how they lived and how we live today.  

Body Paragraph #1:  What social classes were there in Egypt?  How was life different depending on social class? 

Body Paragraph #2:  What did people do for a living? 

Body Paragraph #3:  What kinds of houses did the ancient Egyptians live in? 

Body Paragraph #4:  What food did they eat? 

Body Paragraph #5:  What kinds of clothes did they wear? 

Body Paragraph #6:  What kind of make-up did they wear on their faces?  What kind of jewelry did they wear?  What kinds of hairstyles did they have?   (answer at least 2 of these)

Body Paragraph #7:  What kinds of pets did the Egyptians have? 

Concluding Paragraph:  Summarize what life was like for ancient Egyptians.  How was it similar to life today?  How was it different?

 


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