CHW 3M: Why Do Empires Fall?

Ladies and gents, Today, we conclude our study of Egypt. We need to understand how this empire that lasted for thousands of years came undone. Was it a single event? Was it slow? Who is to blame? Was it inevitable? Hopefully, we can answer these questions today. Each of you will become an expert in…

CHW 3M: Players of the New Kingdom

Today, you will  investigate one of three pharaohs of the New Kingdom: Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, or Ramses II. Your goal is to provide a sophisticated and detailed answer to the following question: What does ___________  rule demonstrate about religion, power, and/or culture in ancient Egypt? You will form small groups. Wait…you are already in small groups.…

CHW 3m; The Mystery of Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut is one of the most intriguing figures in history. She built great temples, led a powerful empire, and circumvented centuries of tradition and belief with startling effectiveness. And yet, her own people worked diligently to wipe her from their collective memory. (Hint: if you “excavated” at Luxor, this story might sound a little familiar. Remember,…

CHW 3M: Ka, Ba, and the Akh

Today, I’d like you to learn more about Egyptian beliefs of the afterlife. The Egyptian concept of the soul is complicated; it had three components, each with its own role and duties. As always, you can organize your ideas any way you wish. Given the complex nature of the Egyptian soul, I suggest creating a…

CHW 3M: What’s in a Game?

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…

CHW 3M: Something Big…

So, there is a new project we need to discuss. I’d like to explain the project in this blog entry but, unfortunately, I can’t. Too many eyes. Wait. That’s not true. No one reads my blog. Let’s start again. There is a new project we need to discuss. Let me tell you what I can:…

CHW 3M: What’s in a Story? The Epic of Gilgamesh

Today, I want you to learn more about the ancient land of Mesopotamia. Located in the same region as modern-day Iraq, Mesopotamia was crucial to Western development. Nothing indicates this more than its nickname: the cradle of civilization. Its key city, Babylon, was the epicenter of western civilization for over a thousand years. In particular,…