Cluster 4 - OverView

Students explore life in the society of ancient Egypt, They will consider various aspects of this ancient society, including its ways of life, cultural expressions,customs and traditions, and enduring contributions.

Learning Experience: 3.4.2 Cultural Expression in an Ancient Society


- Students brainstorm examples of cultural expressions (e.g., customs, traditions, art and architecture, music and dance, writing and stories, religious practices...), and sort the examples into categories (e.g., visual, written, oral, physical…) using the concept mapping software Kidspiration . . Students discuss how forms of expression today compare to those of an ancient society. (Plan and Question)
See the following exampleAncientEgypt_(Small).jpg


Students observe examples of expressions of ancient societies (e.g., pictures of artifacts, architecture, customs, and traditions, stories, art, music, dance...), and discuss what the examples may tell us about the people of ancient societies.
Share with the class the following activities on the I.W.B. (motivation)
Have students make changes /edit/add to their concept map.

Students take a real or virtual field trip to a museum displaying art and artifacts from an ancient society. They then complete "If I lived.." BLM sheet. (Gather and Make Sense ) (Produce to Show Understanding) (motivation)
Ancient Egypt


Students write “secret” messages, using the writing system of an ancient society (e.g., hieroglyphs.) Students share messages
with peers to decipher.
.Write like an Egyptian (motivation)
Students can use the following information on this site to crack the hieroglyphic code.
Crack the code
Collaborative groups of students create a multimedia presentation illustrating forms of expression of an ancient society. Students include images of customs, stories, traditions, art and architecture, music and dance, writing and stories, and religious practices of an ancient society, and insert sound clips describing what the expressions may tell us about the people of ancient societies. Compile group presentations in a class presentation.Each collaborative group could use a different web 2.0 tool to use in their multimedia presentation.
(Gather and Make Sense) (Produce to Show Understanding) (Communicate) (Collaborate)
Setting class criteria - Great resource to to go over as a class to set project criteria.

1. Voice Thread
3, Power Point
4. Photo Story/ Movie Maker
All groups will access content using Creative Commons Search.(Ethics and Responsibility)
The whole class participates in a reflective conference to discuss their product and their use of ICT to learn [Reflect].(Communicate)

Matching Outcomes and Big Ideas

Teachers should note that Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum Developmental Continuum does not contain outcomes. Rather it is framed with Big Ideas. Since the developmental continuum is an assessment tool, teachers should not target individual descriptors within the Big Ideas but rather target Big Ideas and observe student’s behavior to determine which of the descriptors, contained within each of the targeted Big Ideas, each student is demonstrating.
. Students begin to show the behaviors outlined in the following Big Idea(s):

  • Plan and Question
  • Gather and Make Sense
  • Produce to Show Understanding
  • Communicate
  • Reflect
  • Collaboration
Suggestions for Assessment:
Work Sample: Review the work of the students to assess their understanding of the topic through their text and their choice of illustrations.
A rubric can be set up with criteria that all groups can follow when putting their presentations together.
This site offers many helpful ideas for setting up rubrics and assessment.
Rubrics and Assessement

Setting up rubrics