Monday, May 12, 2014

New Common Core Cluster - EGYPT

The culture of Ancient Egypt has long served as a fascinating topic for students. With HarperAcademic's new Common Core Cluster for Ancient Egypt, its history and lasting influence comes to life with both detailed non-fiction titles and imaginative fiction additions. 

The historical fiction of Tutankhamun, The White Nile, Nefertiti, Death on the Nile and The Visitors capture the atmosphere and culture of Egypt from Ancient times through the 1930s. These titles paired with non-fiction titles like Cleopatra the Great, Red Land, Black Land, Ancient Egypt, Temples, Tombs, & Hieroglyphs, and Beneath the Sands of Egypt from renowned Egyptologists create an atmosphere for discussion as fertile as the banks of the Nile themselves. 

Sample Discussion Questions

How do the imagined personalities of Nefertiti and Tutankhamun in Nick Drake's series compare to the historical figures described in Ancient Egypt?

How does the Egypt today compare to the Egypt described in The White Nile, Death on the Nile, and Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs?

What historical details does the author of Nefertiti use to support his imagined story about the disappearance of Nefertiti? How does this theory compare to the theory now held to be true by Egyptologists?

In what ways does the search for King Tut's tomb in The Visitors relate to the fabled life of the boy Pharaoh in Tutankhamun?

Discuss the roles of Egypt's two important female leaders, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, as they are described in Cleopatra the Great, Nefertiti and Ancient Egypt.

How do the men searching for King Tut's tomb in The Visitors relate to Donald P. Ryan's real life archaeological adventures in Beneath the Sands of Egypt?

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