I’ve decided to present today’s lesson in script form. I hope you are ready…
Mr. Pedrech: Hi class!
Class: Hi Mr. Pedrech! (Please say with the same level of enthusiasm shown here)
Student not named Timmy: What are we doing today, Mr. Pedrech?
Mr. Pedrech: Glad you asked, Timmy.
Student not named Timmy: But my name’s not…
Mr. Pedrech: We don’t have time for small talk, Timmy. Let’s get to work. Or should I say…play?
Student who likes to play: Oh boy!!!
Mr. Pedrech: Today, you will play three games about life in ancient Egypt. As you play, think carefully about what you can learn about Egyptian culture from these games. After you finish a game, take five minutes to add 5 of these observations to your notes.
Student who likes to clarify instructions: So, let me get this straight. We will play three games. As we play, we should think carefully about what the game-play tells us about life in Egypt. Finally, when we finish a game, we should add our observations to our notes.
Mr. Pedrech: You’ve got it, Timmy.
Student who likes to clarify instructions: But, my name’s not Timmy either…
Mr: Pedrech: Okay. Let’s get started! Oh…a word about the last game, The Land of the Pharaohs. It was designed and built as part of a project in this very class in this very school. It even features motion capture of some of our grads!
Student who reacts strongly to everything: AWESOME!
Mr: Pedrech:…but it has a glitch in it that won’t let you get very far.
Student who reacts strongly to everything: DARN!
Mr. Pedrech: Oh…and one more thing. Before Tuesday, make sure you read pages 55-56; in your notes explain how geography shaped Egyptian civilization (make sure you include the Faiyum!)
The Pyramid Builder: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/launch_gms_pyramid_builder.shtml
The Land of the Pharaohs: https://www.ldcsb.on.ca/schools/HCC/AboutUs/media/TheLandofthePharaohs/Pages/default.aspx