Week 12: Hieroglyphics
READ: K – 5: Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt (Chp 4) by Linda Honan
6 – 8: The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs by Carol Donoughue
- What were hieroglyphs? (Ancient Egyptian Writing)
- What did the Egyptians write on? (papyrus)
- What word in English comes from this word? (paper)
- Could most Ancient Egyptians read & write? (no)
- Who did most of the writing? (Scribes)
- What is a cartouche? (oval line around letters indicating a name)
- What direction did the Egyptians read in? (left to right; right to left, up & down)
- How were people finally able to understand Ancient Egyptian? (by finding the Rosetta Stone)
- Who deciphered it? (Jean Francois Champollion)
- In particular, writing on what places were people anxious to understand? (writing on tombs, temples, & ancient buildings)
K – 2: Using the symbols on pg 39 of your book, write your name in Egyptian; be sure to put a cartouche around your name.
3 – 5: Using the symbols on pg 39, write your name in Egyptian. Then write a simple sentence about your favorite dinner and dessert (in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs).
6 – 8: Do the above projects using the Hieroglyphs on pg 40 of your book. Then, write a paragraph explaining what you’ve learned about Champollion (in English).